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Hormone replacement therapy — also known as HRT — is one of the few menopause therapies that deals with the underlying hormonal imbalance that causes menopause symptoms. HRT addresses menopause hormonal imbalances by reintroducing hormones into the system — through methods such as oral pills, injections, creams, gels, patches and suppositories. There are many pharmaceutical HRT brand names and variants, each with a specific combination of hormones. For a long time, many women experienced relief from menopause symptoms through the use of HRT.

Unfortunately, rising concerns about the safety of hormone replacement therapy have caused a sharp drop in its popularity. Government reports disclosed data revealing significant health risks caused by HRT — including raised incidences of breast cancer and pelvic cancers, stroke incidence, heart attack risk and serious blood clotting issues in women who use HRT.

As a result, many women have been reluctant to assume the health risks of hormone replacement therapy, opting for alternative therapies instead.