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Welcome to the comprehensive Health library of Maternal Gynerations. The information shared below is provided to you as an educational and informational source only and is not intended to replace a medical examination or consultation, or medical advice given to you by a physician or medical professional.

For Women: Deciding About Hormone Therapy (HT)La decisi³n sobre la terapia hormonal (TH) para mujeres

For Women: Deciding About Hormone Therapy (HT) Image

Is HT right for you? That's up to you and your healthcare provider. Your healthcare 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 bladder problems

  • Fewer mood swings

Some risks of HT:

  • Increased risk of uterine cancer if estrogen is taken alone. Taking progestin along with estrogen may eliminate this increase in risk.

  • Increased risk of breast cancer with long-term use

  • Increased risk of stroke and blood clots

  • Increase risk of dementia

Possible side effects:

  • Breast tenderness

  • Fluid retention

  • 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 healthcare provider if you are pregnant. Also, mention if you have had any of the following:

  • Gallbladder disease

  • High blood pressure

  • Seizure disorders

  • High cholesterol

  • Liver disease

  • Migraine headaches

  • Breast or uterine cancer

  • Heart attack or confirmed heart disease

  • Blood-clotting problems

  • Phlebitis (inflammation of a vein)

  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding

Publication Source: National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Publication Source: Women's Health.gov

Online Source: National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Online Source: Women's Health.gov

Date Last Reviewed: 2005-06-02T00:00:00-06:00

Date Last Modified: 2006-02-01T00:00:00-07:00


For excellent fertility, obstetrics and gynecology services, visit Maternal Gynerations in Lawrenceville or Dacula. We provide family planning consultations and gynecologic cancer screening. Call 770.513.4000 or visit our Patient Portal to view your account or schedule your consultation with us. Our patients come to us from Dacula, Lawrenceville, Suwanee, Winder and Buford.

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