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HRT and Menopause Symptoms: Research shows that a small dose of HRT is still the best way to reduce uncomfortable symptoms in early menopause. Women younger than 60 have the lowest risks, especially if they use the estrogen-only formula for a short time, applying it to their skin instead of taking by mouth.
Several years of treatment is usually enough to relieve symptoms. So if you’ve been on HRT for more than 5 years, talk with your doctor about tapering off.
Before the WHI study, doctors prescribed HRT for heart problems. Some earlier studies showed that women who took hormones had lower rates of heart disease and other chronic diseases. The women may have just been healthier and had better access to medical care.
The WHI study and follow-ups confirmed that HRT didn’t reduce the risk of heart disease; it increased it in healthy, postmenopausal women.