Hormone replacement therapy is sometimes called estrogen replacement therapy or ERT. This therapy refers to a woman taking supplements like estrogen or estrogen with progesterone. HRT replaces hormones a woman's body should make or used to make.
Why might hormone replacement therapy be necessary?
In general, which groups of women would a health care provider prescribe HRT?
The NIH Women's Health Initiative Trial Results
Hormone replacement therapy for healthy menopausal and post-menopausal women includes increased risk of:
In view of these findings of NIH researchers, the U. S. Food and Drug Administration noted the therapy lessens some menopause symptoms in healthy post-menopausal women; however, the therapy carried serious risks. The FDA recommends low doses for the shortest amount of time to reach treatment goals.
For women whose bodies have stopped making estrogen or don't make enough estrogen, this can reduce symptoms and maintain overall health.
The risk for pre-menopausal women with certain health conditions include:
The benefits for pre-menopausal women with certain health conditions include:
For more information:
You can receive a free 24-page booklet (part of the NICHD's research portfolio in women's health) entitled: “Do I have Premature Ovarian Failure (POF)?" This booklet is available in PDF form online at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development web site or you can write for it in print:
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH, DHHS (2003)
Do I have Premature Ovarian Failure (POF)? (03-5159)
Government Printing Office
Source: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
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