Hormone Replacement Therapy: Consider Pros and Cons Carefully

For younger postmenopausal women in good overall health, the benefits may outweigh the risks of HRT.

During the 1980s and 1990s, older women were advised to take estrogen and other hormones to ease menopause symptoms and keep their hearts healthy. But in 2002, data from the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI)—a large, randomized trial of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) in postmenopausal women—revealed that estrogen use failed to prevent heart disease, and that […]


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