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Is Hormone Therapy Good for You During Menopause?

By Kerry Weiss
Reviewed by Alyssa Quimby, M.D.
February 01, 2022

Menopause, defined as one full year without a period due to a decline in estrogen, usually starts between the ages of 44 and 55. As the body slowly decreases how much estrogen it produces, many women report uncomfortable symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, mood changes, and menstrual fluctuations.

The solutions for menopause symptoms vary, and many women manage their symptoms without intervention or through dietary or exercise changes. But some choose hormone therapy (HT) as treatment to help alleviate symptoms or reduce the risk of certain complications associated with menopause.

What Is Hormone Therapy?

Previously commonly known as hormone replacement therapy, or HRT, this treatment focuses on the use of hormones as medication. HT provides low levels of the hormones your body stops making during menopause, to help relieve disruptive symptoms.

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