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Hormone Replacement Therapy for Menopause

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Who Shouldn’t Take Hormone Replacement Therapy?

If you have these conditions, you may want to avoid HRT:

  • Blood clots
  • Cancer (such as breast, uterine, or endometrial)
  • Heart or liver disease
  • Heart attack
  • Known or suspected pregnancy
  • Stroke

What Are the Side Effects of Hormone Replacement Therapy?

HRT comes with side effects. Call your doctor if you have any of these:

  • Bloating
  • Breast swelling or tenderness
  • Headaches
  • Mood changes 
  • Nausea
  • Vaginal bleeding

How Do I Know If Hormone Replacement Therapy Is Right for Me?

Your doctor can help you weigh the pros and cons and suggest choices based on your age, your family's medical history, and your personal medical history.

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Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson, MD, FACOG on August 29, 2014
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