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Menopause hormone therapy: Who shouldn't take it?

Doctors prescribe hormone therapy to help control signs and symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness and mood disturbances. However, hormone therapy isn't appropriate for some women.

You shouldn't use hormone therapy for menopause if you have:

  • Heart and blood vessel (cardiovascular) disease
  • Breast cancer
  • Estrogen-dependent cancer or precancer
  • A known risk of developing blood clots, such as deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism
  • Liver disease
  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding that hasn't been evaluated by a doctor
  • A sensitivity to the components in hormone therapy, such as conjugated estrogens

Also avoid hormone therapy if you're pregnant or if you think you could be pregnant.

Last updated: November 7th, 2014

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