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How long will I have to take hormone replacement therapy?

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Most women take hormone therapy for as little time as possible -- and at the lowest dose. There's evidence that serious health risks such as blood clots, breast cancer, and stroke go up after 5 years of use. If you have personal or family history of these or other health risks, it may help determine whether or not you take hormone replacement therapy.

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National Institutes of Health.

WebMD Medical Reference From Healthwise: “Should I use hormone replacement therapy (HRT)?”

WebMD Medical Reference provided in collaboration with the Cleveland Clinic: “Is Hormone Replacement Therapy Right for You?”

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on April 10, 2018

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National Institutes of Health.

WebMD Medical Reference From Healthwise: “Should I use hormone replacement therapy (HRT)?”

WebMD Medical Reference provided in collaboration with the Cleveland Clinic: “Is Hormone Replacement Therapy Right for You?”

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on April 10, 2018

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