What is the role of estrogens in 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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Estrogens provide valuable therapy for many women but may pose serious risks. Therefore, physicians should communicate with postmenopausal women who are using or who may be using estrogen or estrogen with progestogen to determine whether the benefits outweigh the risks in their particular case.

Estrogen-containing products are the most effective approved therapies for managing hot flashes and symptoms of vulvar and vaginal atrophy. They are also good for bone protection.


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