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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:

  • Breast cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Endometrial cancer
  • Blood clots in the legs or lungs
  • Known or suspected pregnancy
  • Stroke
  • Liver disease
  • Unexplained vaginal bleeding 

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.

Disclaimer: We do not assume responsibility for the use of the provided information or its interpretation. Our efforts are towards providing current and reliable information; however these should not be considered, or used as a substitute for diagnosis or treatment.

Source: https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Education/Medical-Library/