Is Hormone Replacement Therapy Right for You?

Medically Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson, MD on May 29, 2020

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 lungs or 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.

WebMD Medical Reference



National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "Facts About Menopausal Hormone Therapy."

National Institute on Aging: "Hormones and Menopause."

National Cancer Institute: "Menopausal Hormone Therapy and Cancer."



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