What is Hormone Replacement Therapy?

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a medical treatment that involves taking hormones (usually estrogen and progesterone) to replace the ones that your body stops producing after menopause. Menopause is a natural process that occurs when a woman’s ovaries stop releasing eggs and her menstrual periods stop.

HRT can help relieve menopause symptoms like hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and mood changes. It can also help prevent bone loss and reduce the risk of fractures.

HRT can be given in different forms, such as pills, patches, creams, gels, and injections. The type of HRT you receive depends on your health needs and preferences.

However, HRT has risks as well, including an increased risk of blood clots, stroke, and breast cancer, which should be discussed with a healthcare provider before starting treatment.