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How do I know if postmenopausal hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is right for me to treat hot flashes?

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HRT may not be for you if you answer yes to any of the following questions. Do you:

  • Have unusual vaginal bleeding, such as extremely heavy periods or spotting between periods?
  • Have family history of breast, endometrial, or uterine cancer?
  • Have or had blood clots in the lungs or veins? This includes thrombosis or blood clots during pregnancy or when taking birth control pills?
  • Have long-term liver disease?
  • Smoke?
  • Have gallbladder disease?

SOURCES:

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."

 

 

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on May 29, 2020

SOURCES:

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."

 

 

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on May 29, 2020

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