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Hormone Replacement Therapy
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is a medical treatment that involves supplementing or replacing hormones, typically estrogen and progesterone in women and testosterone in men, to address hormonal imbalances associated with aging, menopause, or certain medical conditions. In women, HRT is often prescribed to alleviate symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness. It can also help prevent bone loss (osteoporosis) and reduce the risk of fractures. HRT can be administered through various forms, including oral tablets, patches, gels, creams, or injections. The choice of administration depends on individual preferences, medical history, and the specific goals of therapy. While HRT can be highly effective in managing symptoms, its use has been a subject of debate and research due to potential risks, such as an increased risk of breast cancer, blood clots, and cardiovascular events. The decision to use HRT should be individualized, considering factors such as age, overall health, and personal medical history.
About the Speaker
Dr. Yamini Dhar
Specialist Obstetrics and Gynecology, Alzahra Hospital