therapy is a treatment method where your declining levels of estrogen
and progesterone are compensated for through pills that contain doses
of estrogen and progestin (synthetic form of progesterone). This
treatment is fairly controversial, because recent studies have revealed
a link between hormone pills and an increased risk for developing
certain types of cancer, including breast and ovarian. However, hormone
therapy also has been revealed as decreasing the risk of the types
of cancer. There is also the increased risk of developing blood clots,
stroke and dementia that comes with hormone therapy. Now, doctors
are aware of these risks and prescribe lower dosages of hormones.
The exact dosage of the hormone is based on individual body composition
and needs, depending on health history and menopausal changes. Hormone
therapy is effective in treating such symptoms as vaginal dryness,
hot flashes and emotional changes. The possible long-term benefits
of continued hormone therapy include the reduced risk of osteoporosis,
colon cancer and perhaps heart disease.
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