Benefits of hormone therapy
Hormone therapy may provide these benefits:
- Symptom relief
- Protection for your bones, including a reduced risk of broken bones and osteoporosis
If you start hormone therapy early in menopause, other possible benefits include:
- Decreased risk of heart and blood vessel (cardiovascular) disease
- Decreased risk of dementia
- Decreased risk of stroke
Weighing the pros and cons
The balance of risks and benefits of hormone therapy for you may be influenced by a number of factors:
- Your age
- How long it's been since menopause began
- What symptoms you're experiencing
- Whether your menopause occurred spontaneously or as a result of surgery
- Whether you're experiencing early menopause
- Your family history of diseases such as heart and blood vessel (cardiovascular) disease, thrombosis or cancer
- Your personal history of cancer, including atypical hyperplasia and lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS) of the breast
- Your risk of heart and blood vessel (cardiovascular) disease, thrombosis and osteoporosis
If you make the decision to take hormone therapy, your doctor will prescribe the lowest dose needed to control your symptoms. You'll take hormone therapy only as long as you need it for symptom relief.
March 21, 2014
See more In-depth
- AskMayoExpert. Menopausal hormone therapy: What are the risks and benefits of menopausal hormone therapy (HT)? Rochester, Minn.: Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research; 2014.
- The 2012 hormone position statement of: The North American Menopause Society. Menopause: The Journal of the North American Menopause Society. 2012;19:257.
- Martin KA, et al. Postmenopausal hormone therapy: Benefits and risks. http://www.uptodate.com/home. Accessed Feb. 27, 2014.