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Hormone Replacement Therapy

Balancing the Risk with the Relief

Hormone replacement therapy can be very effective in relieving menopausal symptoms but they are not without risk. The longer these medications are taken the higher the risks.

These medications help relieve menopausal symptoms by:
  • Reducing hot flashes
  • Reducing night sweats which leads to poor sleep and irritability
  • Reduces vaginal dryness and discomfort
  • Slows bone loss (but is not used to treat osteoporosis)
  • Eases mood swings and mild depressive mood (but should not be used as an antidepressant)
Hormone replacement therapy may increase your risk of:
  • Blood clots
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Breast cancer
  • Gall bladder disease
If you are taking Hormone replacement therapy call your provider if you develop any of the following symptoms:
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Bloating
  • Breast tenderness or swelling
  • Headaches
  • Mood changes
  • Nausea
Women who have the following are NOT candidates for hormone therapy:
  • Think they are pregnant
  • Undiagnosed vaginal bleeding
  • History of certain cancers
  • History of blood clots
  • History of liver disease
  • History of heart disease
  • History of a stroke or heart attack

As with all medications, you should discuss the risks and benefits of hormone therapy based on your personal history and risk factors with your provider.

From Our Patients
“Dr. Akonye & staff always made me feel more than just a patient. Took care of us through 4 though pregnancies.
May God bless them always.” – Claudia Roque Gutierrez