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Hormone Therapy: A Shift in Thinking

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Some studies have found a possible link between ERT and breast cancer. In the WHI study, women using ERT had no increase in breast cancer risk during the study's nearly 7 years of ERT treatment.6

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What are my hormone options now?

It can be hard to understand all about hormone therapy and its risks. There are so many things to think about before you decide how to manage your menopause symptoms. Talk with your doctor about your situation. Review your medical history with him or her. And talk about what benefits and risks hormone therapy may have for you.

In general, short-term, low-dose HRT or ERT may be advised because it offers a balance between the benefits and risks of hormone therapy. HRT or ERT can relieve certain menopause symptoms. And if it is taken for a short time, you may avoid some of the risks related to long-term hormone therapy. More research is needed to find out the benefits and risks of using lower doses of HRT or ERT for shorter periods of time.

If you choose to use hormone therapy for a period of time, be sure to have regular checkups with your doctor.

Stopping HRT or ERT. Talk to your doctor before you stop hormone therapy. There is no way of knowing in advance whether you will have menopause symptoms when you stop using estrogen. About 70% of women who stop HRT have tolerable symptoms or no symptoms at all. The remaining 30% have symptoms that are less tolerable or more long-lasting.13

For many women, tapering HRT, which means stopping gradually, results in fewer symptoms.

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Last Updated: February 23, 2011
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