Who should avoid hormone replacement therapy?
Hormone replacement therapy may not be suitable for women with breast cancer, heart disease or a history of blood clots.
Women who have or previously had the following conditions should usually not take hormone therapy:
Women who don't suffer from menopause symptoms, do not need hormone therapy to stay healthy. They should not follow hormone therapy treatment as a way to prevent osteoporosis, heart disease, strokes, or memory loss.
Also, the risks involved with starting hormone replacement therapy for women who haven't had a period in more than 10 years are very hard to evaluate. Based on that, they probably should avoid this therapy unless there's a specific reason for it.
Instead, talk to your gynecologist, family physician or internist about other medications you can take or lifestyle changes you can make for long-term protection from these conditions.