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Is Hormone Replacement Therapy Right for You?

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While postmenopausal hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is an effective way to treat menopausal hot flashes, it is not recommended for everyone. The following quiz may help you determine if HRT is right for you.

Please answer yes or no to the following questions:

1. Do you have abnormal vaginal bleeding, such as extremely heavy periods or spotting between periods?

Yes   No

2. Is there a history of breast cancer in your family?

Yes   No

3. Do you have a history of endometrial or uterine cancer?

Yes   No

4. Do you currently have, or have you in the past had, venous thrombosis (blood clots in the veins)? This includes thrombosis or blood clots during pregnancy or when taking birth control pills.

Yes   No

5. Do you have chronic liver disease?

Yes   No

6. Do you smoke?

Yes   No

7. Do you have gallbladder disease?

Yes   No

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, HRT may not be for you. Please check with your doctor to see if you can take HRT. If not, there are other treatment options for hot flashes. 

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Reviewed by Trina Pagano, MD on April 09, 2014

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