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What should you consider before taking hormone replacement therapy?

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If you no longer have a uterus, estrogen alone can be given for symptoms of menopause. This probably does not increase your risk of developing breast cancer much, if at all. However, estrogen does appear to increase one's risk of blood clots and stroke. If you are considering hormone replacement therapy to relieve your menopausal symptoms, talk to your doctor to discuss the risks and benefits. Together you can decide what is right for you.

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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