As women age their hormone levels naturally decrease. This can cause physical and emotional changes that can be troubling, such as hot flashes and mood swings.
Hormone therapy (HT) is sometimes prescribed to boost hormone levels and provide relief. Because it has been the subject of much controversy, many women wonder if HT is a good option for them. The Managing Menopause Clinical Practice Guideline 2014 published by the SOGC recommends that doctors offer HT in the appropriate dose, and for the duration necessary, as the most effective treatment for troubling menopause symptoms. Current research confirms that HT is both a safe and effective way to treat symptoms of menopause in women within ten years of natural menopause. There is no absolute limit for the length of time you can take HT. Your health care provider can help you understand the risks and benefits of different treatments.