Hormone therapy (HT), which is also called
estrogen/progestin therapy, is the use of a combination of two hormones,
estrogen and progestin. It can be used to treat symptoms of menopause, such as
hot flashes, that result from the changing hormone levels that occur before and
after the end of a woman's reproductive years (menopause).
are certain health risks related to HT use. While most women do not develop
health problems with HT, a very small number of women get breast cancer,
stroke, or blood clots related to hormone use. HT is also thought to increase
the chance of heart disease or dementia in a small number of women.
Every woman should discuss with her doctor her health risks and treatment
options for menopausal symptoms.
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Carla J. Herman, MD, MPH - Geriatric Medicine
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