Stick with Symptom Relief
While taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for symptom relief around the time of menopause may still be supported, taking HRT after menopause for disease prevention isn't recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, which reaffirmed their 2005 guideline for use of HRT (estrogen alone and combination with progestin). While HRT may reduce the risk of broken bones for women past menopause, the increased risks outweigh benefits for chronic disease prevention. Those using HRT after menopause may have increased risk of strokes, heart attacks, breast cancer, dementia, urinary incontinence, gallbladder disease, and blood clots in the lungs and legs. Yet, the study may not apply to women who take HRT for a short time for hot flashes, or to women under 50 who have surgical menopause.