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 What are the effects of hormone treatment after surgical menopause?
- Q What is the rationale behind widespread hormone treatment for menopause?
- Q What are menopausal hormones and why are they used?
- Q Who should not take menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) for menopause?
- Q What is short-term hormone replacement therapy (HRT)?
- Q How can we determine the benefits and risks of menopausal hormones?