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Hormone Replacement Therapy side effects: is HRT worth the risk?

Samantha Jones: poster child for bioidentical hormones in the Sex and the City 2 movie.

Menopause is a normal physical process. Yet many in the medical community believe it should be medicalised and treated with hormone supplementation to ameliorate its undesirable symptoms.

Unfortunately the consequences of long-term hormone therapy (HRT) are still not well understood. Research indicates it increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, blood clots, breast cancer and dementia, while alleviating symptoms including hot flushes, low libido, vaginal dryness and insomnia.

I have weighed up the benefits and the risks of HRT, as well as investigated the alternatives to pharmaceutical treatment for improving both the health and quality of life for women undergoing and following menopause.  Read more…