Hormone Replacement Therapy

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A few years ago, the use of medication when I didn’t have any symptoms,” Dawson tells WebMD. “But I feel like my doctors ganged up on me and pushed me to take it.”

Today, doctors are far more likely to tell women that they must make the decision themselves, weighing the pros and cons of hormone replacement therapy, considering their symptoms, family history, lifestyle, and risk of disease.

If you take HRT, keep in mind that the absolute risks are low. But you should still regularly check in with your doctor. Ask if there is any new information that might cause you to rethink your decision.

“Hormone therapy is a field that continues to change rapidly,” says Shuster. “Treatment has to be more individualized than ever. Women are seeking the one right answer, but for now, we just don’t have one.”