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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    IS HRT (hormone replacement therapy) safe?

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  • Jean Hailes for Women’s Health is a leader in women’s health, supported by funding from the Australian Government. We provide trusted and easy-to-understand information to … View Profile

    As with any medication, there are potential risks and benefits in using HRT. Any decision about HRT is an individual one and should be made after each woman is informed about her individual risks, benefits, needs and concerns in consultation with her prescribing practitioner. It is important that your health professional is up-to-date with the latest research and recommendations.

    One of the main concerns for many women is the reported increase risk in breast cancer associated with HRT. For otherwise healthy women, taking HRT for 2-5 years to relieve menopausal symptoms causes little if any increase risk in breast cancer. Those women who take oestrogen-alone therapy (in women who have had a hysterectomy), the risk is even lower.

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