As women try to decide whether to try hormone replacement therapy, they should weigh the risks and benefits according to their own health, their family history and their symptoms of menopause.
In "The Silent Passage: Menopause," journalist Gail Sheehy provides a list of hormone therapy pros and cons which women should consider and discuss with their physicians.
* Possible increased risk of cancer of the uterus.
* Unknown associations with breast cancer.
* Continued menstruation possible.
* Breast swelling or pain.
* Premenstrual-like syndrome on progesterone.
* Expense of doctors' visits and tests for screening.
* Prevents osteoporosis.
* Decreases heart attacks.
* No hot flashes.
* Decreases insomnia.
* Improves energy.
* Improves mood and sense of well-being.
* Restores sexual interest and comfort.
* May improve concentration and memory.
* May improve longevity.