Report: HRT has benefits for women at start of menopause

June 10, 2011 2:46:47 PM PDT
Treatment with hormone replacement therapy, if tailored to an individual woman's needs, appears to be safe, according to a new report.

The report was released Friday at the World Congress on Menopause in Rome, Italy. It finds evidence that young, healthy women who use it short term do well and benefit in several ways from HRT.

Young refers to women 50-to-59 at the start of menopause.

Authors say, by relieving bothersome menopausal symptoms, HRT may not only improve quality of life, it may also prevent osteoporosis and colon cancer.

This research will be used to help update the HRT guidelines for the International Menopause Society.

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