Hormone Replacement Therapy

Available Fall 2014

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Benefits

  • Lessen hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness and the poor sleep, irritability, and “brain fog” that go with them.
  • Get relief from vaginal symptoms, such as thinning tissue and dryness, and the consequences, such as painful intercourse. (If you take low-dose oral or transdermal HT, you may need to add a vaginal estrogen to get relief.)
  • Ease overactive bladder—that “gotta go” problem—and maybe even recurring urinary tract infections with vaginal estrogen.
  • Protect your bones. Standard-dose HT helps prevent bone fractures later in life. If you are at high risk of broken bones or have early menopause, you may be able to take hormones earlier or longer. Check with your doctor.
  • Lower your risk of heart disease if—it’s a big if—you start HT within 10 years of menopause.
  • Help prevent diabetes. Good scientific evidence shows women who use HT have a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes.