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What is hormone replacement therapy?

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Hormone replacement therapy, also referred to as HRT, is used to relieve menopause symptoms, especially hot flashes. A woman on hormone therapy usually takes both estrogen and progestin. Women who have had a hysterectomy can take estrogen alone. Estrogen relieves hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms. However, taking estrogen alone can increase your risk of developing uterine cancer.

SOURCES: The American Cancer Society. 

National Cancer Institute.

The National Osteoporosis Foundation.

Reviewed by Louise Chang on August 4, 2018

SOURCES: The American Cancer Society. 

National Cancer Institute.

The National Osteoporosis Foundation.

Reviewed by Louise Chang on August 4, 2018

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