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Hormone replacement therapy

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Hormone replacement therapy, also known as menopausal hormone therapy or postmenopausal hormone therapy, is a form of hormone therapy used to treat symptoms of the female menopause. Estrogens and progesterones are the main drugs used. Evidence shows that there are health benefits but there can be side effects.

Common side effects

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  • Headache
  • Upset stomach, stomach cramps or bloating
  • Diarrhea
  • Appetite and weight changes
  • Changes in sex drive or performance[1]
  • Nervousness
  • Brown or black patches on the skin
  • Acne
  • Swelling of hands, feet, or lower legs due to fluid retention
  • Changes in menstrual flow
  • Breast tenderness, enlargement, or discharge
  • Sudden difficulty wearing contact lenses


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  1. "Quality of Sexual Life and Menopause". Women's Health. 2017 – via SAGE Journals.