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Are there side effects to natural hormonal replacement therapy?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
Note that natural (a word that includes so-called bioidentical) hormone replacement therapy has not proven to be more effective or safer than FDA-approved hormone replacement therapy drugs. But there are serious side effects to hormonal replacement therapy that you and your doctor should consider before making treatment decisions. Women who use hormonal replacement therapy are at a higher risk of developing breast cancer and heart disease. They can also have serious health risks like strokes. However, there are many benefits of hormone replacement therapy as treatment for oligomenorrhea, menopause, and prevention for osteoporosis.

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