Weighing the Risks of Hormone Therapy | Phyllis Greenberger

February 19, 2015 8:45 PM

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Weighing the Risks of Hormone Therapy | Phyllis Greenberger

For over a decade, hormone therapy (HT) has been a hot topic in medicine. Unfortunately, women are still confused and concerned about using HT after two federally-funded studies linked HT to potentially serious health risks. Even decades after these studies, information on HT is seriously muddied, and not much is still fully known or understood about the treatment. It's time to clear up the confusion and debunk the false reports surrounding its risks.

HT is used to primarily treat menopausal symptoms -- hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, osteoporosis, among others. During menopause, a woman's body stops producing estrogen and progesterone, HT replaces these two hormones. Often, these two hormones are used jointly, but women without a ute...

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