Benefits and Risks of Menopausal Hormone Therapy

By: Holly L. Thacker, MD • Posted on October 17, 2011 • Updated January 20, 2021

Benefits and Risks of Menopausal Hormone Therapy

For most women with menopausal symptoms the benefits of hormone therapy outweigh the risks. During menopause women will experience symptoms such as:

  • hot flashes
  • vaginal dryness
  • night sweats
  • postmenopausal bone loss

So if you cannot sleep well, are flashing, have a vagina that is dry and shrinking, you should definitely consider hormone therapy!

I have always said that, "If at midlife, half of all men flashed and rapidly lost bone, 80 percent saw their genitals shrink by 80 percent and only 1 out of every 1,000 men had a side effect, hormone therapy would be a no-brainer!"

Talk to your women's health healthcare provider to see if hormone therapy can help your menopausal symptoms.

Be Strong, Be Healthy, Be in Charge!

- Holly L. Thacker, MD

Holly L. Thacker, MD, FACP is nationally known for her leadership in women’s health. She is the founder of the Cleveland Clinic Women’s Health Fellowship and is currently the Professor and Director of the Center for Specialized Women’s Health at Cleveland Clinic and Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. Her special interests are menopause and related medical problems including osteoporosis, hormone therapy, breast cancer risk assessment, menstrual disorders, female sexual dysfunction and interdisciplinary women’s health. Dr. Thacker is the Executive Director of Speaking of Women’s Health and the author of Women’s Health: Your Body, Your Hormones, Your Choices and Cleveland Clinic Guide to Menopause.


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