Should you go on hormone replacement therapy (HRT)? On one hand, menopausal symptoms are very real and can be quite disruptive, and that’s what they are usually given for. On the other, there are valid concerns surrounding risk (including the risk of breast cancer).
So, is Hormone Replacement Therapy something I usually suggest?
The short answer is ‘no.’ I personally feel the risks are too high. If you do have symptoms and are aware of the risks then I’m totally fine with your choice either way. I’ve found that many who are on HRT are unaware of the risks, so this is for you.
In this article, I want to jump into the details of the most important considerations to make. But, if you just want a quick rundown of the most important points. I hope it helps…
- Hormones reduce hot flashes and night sweats. For young, healthy women, the risks are generally mild.
- Hormones do not improve aging. They do not lower the risk of heart attack, stroke, or cognitive decline.
- The decision whether or not to take hormones should be based on an individual woman’s preferences and personal risk level.