Is hormone replacement therapy (HRT) safe for postmenopausal women?

Dr. Rovenia Brock, PhD
Nutrition & Dietetics
According to the most recent information available, the risks may outweigh the benefits of taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Two major studies of postmenopausal women on hormone replacement -- one from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the other from the Women's Health Initiative -- found that women on HRT were at increased risk for ovarian cancer. In fact, postmenopausal women who used HRT for 10 or more years were at a significantly higher risk not just for ovarian cancer, but also for coronary heart disease, stroke, and pulmonary embolism.
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