What is menopausal hormone replacement therapy (HRT)?

Updated: Sep 13, 2021
  • Author: Nicole K Banks, MD; Chief Editor: Richard Scott Lucidi, MD, FACOG  more...
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Hormone therapy (HT) involves the administration of synthetic estrogen and progestogen to replace a woman's depleting hormone levels and thus alleviate menopausal symptoms. However, HT has been linked to various risks; debate regarding its risk-benefit ratio continues.

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