"The study didn't look at women who are considering HRT for symptomatic relief," she said.
Women who are suffering from menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and mood swings should consult their doctor about HRT, and whether it is a good choice for them, Poynor said.
"It [the new statement] provides us some comfort as physicians, and comfort to women, that this is not necessarily a bad thing to do, it can be a helpful thing to do," she said.
Women who are on HRT should regularly reassess whether or not they need to continue it, Poynor added. "Begin to taper off if you don't need it," she said.
For more on HRT, visit the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
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