Like all medical treatments, HRT comes with risks if not given in carefully selected cases, at the right time, or for the correct duration. Certain risks are present if HRT is used for the long term or in high doses. Some potential risks associated with HRT include:
Blood clots: HRT may increase the risk of blood clots, which can lead to stroke or pulmonary embolism.
Heart disease: HRT may increase the risk of heart disease in some women, especially those who start the treatment more than ten years after menopause.
Stroke: HRT may increase the risk of stroke, especially in older women.
Gallbladder disease: HRT may increase the risk of gallbladder disease.
Breast cancer: While using HRT may not cause Breast Cancer, it may cause an already existing breast cancer lesion to grow faster.
Endometrial cancer: Women who use oestrogen-only HRT may have an increased risk of endometrial cancer.
It's important to discuss the risks and benefits of HRT with a healthcare provider before starting this treatment and to follow up with regular check-ups while using HRT. The decision to use HRT should be based on careful consideration of individual medical history, risk factors, and symptoms.