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How safe is hormone replacement therapy (HRT) as treatment for menopause?

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Major research has found a link between hormone replacement therapy -- specifically taking estrogen and progestin together -- and higher rates of heart attacks, strokes, blood clots, and breast cancer. Taking estrogen alone slightly raised the chances of stroke and blood clots. But it appeared to have no effect on the risk of heart disease and breast cancer.

Combination and estrogen-only HRT still work well to relieve menopausal symptoms like as hot flashes. It may not be for everyone, but some women can benefit from HRT.

SOURCES: 

Mayo Clinic: "Menopause."

National Women's Health Information Center: "Menopause."

National Institute on Aging: "Menopause: Time for a Change."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on May 29, 2017

SOURCES: 

Mayo Clinic: "Menopause."

National Women's Health Information Center: "Menopause."

National Institute on Aging: "Menopause: Time for a Change."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on May 29, 2017

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