New Analysis Confirms Hormone Therapy Won't Prevent Disease After Menopause

But follow-up research shows that short-term use for hot flashes remains an option

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Studies are still looking into whether hormone therapy might cut relatively younger women's disease risks -- including whether lower doses or different "routes of delivery" might work better.

It's thought, Manson said, that hormone patches might be safer than pills, because they may not carry the same blood-clot risk. But there is no conclusive evidence that patches should be used for disease prevention either, she stressed.

More information

The U.S. Department of Health has more on hormone replacement therapy.

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