Estrogen replacement has been a hot topic in the news for years, but is it right for you?
Estrogen plays an important role in a variety of body functions, which is why losing it can have broad-reaching effects on a woman’s health. Many have talked about estrogen as a treatment for more than hot flashes. Some research has indicated it may have effects on the brain including concentration and how energized you feel. Here’s what you should know before deciding if estrogen might be right for you.
What the Risks Are
Hormone replacement was regularly prescribed until long-term research showed there may be increased risk of blood clots, stroke, heart attack and breast cancer with estrogen use. However, many of these women took doses of estrogen that were higher than most prescribed today for longer periods of time than most women will take it today. Using lower doses for shorter periods of time can help.