Is hormone replacement therapy (HRT) always necessary?

Shelley C. Giebel, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)

No, Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is not necessary.  HRT is used primarily if you are having symptoms.  If hot flashes, night sweats, and insomnia happen then you can talk with your doctor.   

Every time you consider taking a medication, you have to decide if the benefit of taking the medication is worth the risks involved. Estrogen, one hormone used in HRT has been shown to increase your risk for breast cancer.  Some Progesterones used in HRT have been shown to have adverse effects on cholesterol. 

All medicines have side effects and risks, so ask your doctor what are the risks of taking HRT, then you can make an informed decision that is right for you.


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Endocrine System

Your endocrine system works with your nervous system to control important bodily functions. The endocrine systems responsibilities include regulating growth, sexual development and function, metabolism and mood. The endocrine syst...

em also helps give your body the energy it needs to function properly. Endocrine glands secrete hormones into the bloodstream. Hormones are considered chemical messengers, coordinating your body by transferring information from one set of cells to another. Your endocrine system health can be affected by hormone imbalances resulting from impaired glands. A hormone imbalance can cause problems with bodily growth, sexual development, metabolism and other bodily functions. Endocrine system diseases or conditions include diabetes, growth disorders and osteoporosis.

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