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While HRT may help many women get through menopause, the treatment is not risk-free. Known health risks include:
An increased risk of endometrial cancer (if a woman still has her uterus and is not taking progesterone along with estrogen)
Increased risk of blood clots
Increased risk of stroke
Increased risk of gallbladder disease
Increase in blood pressure in some women
Increased risk of larger, more invasive breast cancers (combination HRT only)
The decision to use hormone therapy after menopause should be made by a woman and her healthcare provider after weighing all of the potential risks (including breast cancer, stroke and blood clots) and benefits (relief of menopause symptoms and prevention of osteoporosis). Scientists are continuing to learn more about the effects of HRT.
National Institutes of Health.
Journal of Women's Health, Jan/Feb 2006.
The North American Menopause Society.
The Journal of the North American Menopause Society.
The National Women's Health Information Center.
WebMD Medical News: "Is Hormone Therapy Helpful at All?"
Mikio A. Nihira, MD on August 21, 2012