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What's the best type of estrogen replacement therapy for menopause symptoms?

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Ask your doctor about the risks and benefits, and what type is best for you. Oral estrogen has been around for a long time and is well studied. Some newer types aren't as familiar. Your doctor should be up to date on the latest research. The full risks of hormone therapy are unclear. So if you decide to get estrogen replacement therapy, experts generally recommend that you get the lowest dose for the shortest time possible. Talk to your doctor about how long you should expect to take it and how you can limit your risks.

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ACP Medicine web site: "Menopause."

Canonico M et al, , Feb. 20, 2007; vol 115: pp 840-845. Circulation

MedicineNet web site: "Hormone Creams: Safe and Effective?"

National Cancer Institute web site: "How to Deal with Surgical Menopause."

National Institutes of Health web site: "Facts About Menopausal Hormone Therapy."

National Institutes of Health Medline Plus web site: "Estrogen," "Estrogen Vaginal," "Estradiol Topical," "Estradiol Transdermal."

  Practice Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, , November 2006; vol 86: pp S75-S88. Fertility and Sterility

National Women's Health information Center: "Menopause and Menopause Treatments." WebMD Medical Reference: "Estrogen Replacement Therapy," "Low Dose Estrogen for Dryness and Atrophy."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on May 29, 2017

SOURCES:

ACP Medicine web site: "Menopause."

Canonico M et al, , Feb. 20, 2007; vol 115: pp 840-845. Circulation

MedicineNet web site: "Hormone Creams: Safe and Effective?"

National Cancer Institute web site: "How to Deal with Surgical Menopause."

National Institutes of Health web site: "Facts About Menopausal Hormone Therapy."

National Institutes of Health Medline Plus web site: "Estrogen," "Estrogen Vaginal," "Estradiol Topical," "Estradiol Transdermal."

  Practice Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, , November 2006; vol 86: pp S75-S88. Fertility and Sterility

National Women's Health information Center: "Menopause and Menopause Treatments." WebMD Medical Reference: "Estrogen Replacement Therapy," "Low Dose Estrogen for Dryness and Atrophy."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on May 29, 2017

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