If you do try HRT, you’ll need to check in with your doctor every three to six months, or every year, so he or she can evaluate your progress and see whether you should continue taking the hormones. HRT comes with a long list of possible side effects, some of which are serious (increased chance of heart attack, stroke, blood clots, breast cancer), and some of which are less serious but still bothersome. Also, some women may not be candidates for hormone replacement therapy, including women with a history of stroke, breast cancer, liver disease or vaginal bleeding.
- Q How long can I take hormone therapy for menopause?
- Q What are the pros and cons of hormone replacement therapy?
- Q How does hormone replacement therapy (HRT) affect skin?
- Q How can we determine the benefits and risks of menopausal hormones?
- Q What are the risks and benefits of hormone replacement therapy (HRT)?
- Q What is bioidentical hormone therapy?