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How can hormone therapy treat menopause symptoms?

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Estrogen and progesterone, called combination hormone replacement therapy (HRT), can be prescribed for women who still have their uterus if they have moderate to severe symptoms of menopause. Estrogen alone is the prescribed regimen for women who have had a hysterectomy (no longer have their uterus). These are the most effective treatments for hot flashes, and can also help with vaginal dryness and mood problems. Hormonal patches, creams, gels, and vaginal rings are alternatives to the traditional pills, depending on the symptoms.

From: Treatment of Menopause Symptoms WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: National Institutes of Health. Journal of Women's Health, Jan/Feb 2006. The North American Menopause Society. The Journal of the North American Menopause Society. The National Women's Health Information Center. WebMD Medical News: "Is Hormone Therapy Helpful at All?"




Journal of the American Medical Association , March 5, 2008.

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on December 20, 2017

SOURCES: National Institutes of Health. Journal of Women's Health, Jan/Feb 2006. The North American Menopause Society. The Journal of the North American Menopause Society. The National Women's Health Information Center. WebMD Medical News: "Is Hormone Therapy Helpful at All?"




Journal of the American Medical Association , March 5, 2008.

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on December 20, 2017

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