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Monday, December 22, 2014

Should I Stop HRT?

Posted by William on November 22, 2011

Q.I will complete five years of being on HRT in the year 2000. I am 59 years old and happy enough to continue with regular menstrual cycles as of now. However, my gynecologist says I must stop the use of HRT on completion of five years. What’s the reasoning for this? Are there other views on this matter?

Sunny

A.Your gynecologist is certainly in the minority!

Most GYNs hold the view — strongly supported by the medical literature – that hormone replacement can be continued indefinitely.

In fact, for continued protection from such problems as cardiovascular disease, it must be continued.

Once HRT is stopped, you begins to lose bone again, cholesterol levels may begin to rise, and the blood vessels become less elastic.

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