For Women: Deciding About Hormone Therapy (HT)
Is HT right for you? That’s up to you and your health care provider. Your health care provider will review your health needs. Then he or she will suggest steps you can take to control any symptoms or health risks. HT may be one part of your overall program.
Making the choice
Deciding about HT is a personal choice. Take some time to weigh the pros and cons.
Some benefits of HT
Helps prevent bone fractures
Decreased hot flashes and sweating
Less vaginal dryness
Fewer mood swings
Some risks of HT
Increased risk of uterine cancer if estrogen is taken alone. Taking progestin along with estrogen eliminates this increase in risk.
Increased risk of breast cancer with long-term use
Increased risk of stroke and blood clots
Possible increased risk of dementia with hormone replacement therapy
Possible side effects
Side effects may include:
Ongoing monthly bleeding or spotting (taking HT will not restore your fertility)
HT may not be for everyone
For some women, HT may not be a safe option. Tell your health care provider if you are pregnant. Also, mention if you have had any of the following:
High blood pressure
Breast or uterine cancer
Heart attack or confirmed heart disease
Phlebitis (inflammation of a vein)
Abnormal vaginal bleeding