Is hormone therapy safe again?

Published: February, 2013

New developments in the debate

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- Usually involves a combination of estrogen and progesterone (or a synthetic version called progestin). If you've had a hysterectomy, you won't need progesterone, which helps prevent abnormal buildup of the uterine lining, which can lead to cancer.
- Can help relieve many menopausal symptoms, especially hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal irritation, dry skin, and possibly fuzzy thinking, low libido, and mood swings.
- Is available in pills, skin patches, creams, gels, vaginal rings, and intrauterine devices.

Several authoritative organizations have issued new guidelines about hormone therapy (HT)—an area that has led to confusion and conflicting guidelines for the past decade.

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