Is Hormone Replacement Therapy Right for You?
How old are you?
When routine hormone therapy fell out of favor in 2002, it was because women in a major study had a higher risk of serious problems. These included heart attack, stroke, and breast cancer. But age matters. Women 50 to 59 had a 30% lower chance of dying on hormone therapy. It was the women over 70 who had a higher risk.
Research shows hormone therapy is most helpful and least heart-risky in the years just before and after menopause. This is also when symptoms tend to be worst.
What's your health history?
In the end, you should work with a doctor who knows your health history to decide how to treat menopause symptoms. Women who have had breast cancer, for example, should not use hormone therapy or plant-based estrogens. Those with dense breasts, heart problems, or blood clots may also be advised not to use it.
Whatever route you and your doctor choose, you should track progress and side effects, and review your choice each year.