hormone replacement therapy

(HRT)
the use of female hormones for the relief of symptoms resulting from cessation of ovarian function, either at the time of the natural menopause or following surgical removal of the ovaries. Oestrogenic hormones may be prescribed orally, transdermally (as skin patches or gel), or by subcutaneous implant. The combination of progestogen with oestrogen is preferred if the woman has retained her uterus, since administration of oestrogen alone might cause overstimulation of the endometrium or even cancer; overstimulation may result in uterine bleeding. HRT is effective against vasomotor symptoms (e.g. hot flushes), genitourinary atrophy (causing vaginal dryness) and in preventing osteoporosis; there is usually also an improvement in psychological well-being, and HRT is claimed to prevent coronary heart disease. It is most efficacious in preventing the above conditions if prescribed as soon as the earliest symptoms of the menopause are detected.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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