There are many common myths about HRT, that can create confusion and lead to incorrect assumptions. Here are some of the most common myths about HRT:
Myth: HRT causes breast cancer.
Reality: HRT may cause a pre-existing small cancerous lesion in the breast to grow faster, but seldom causes a de novo cancer to develop especially in women with no pre-existing history or family history of breast cancer. It is important to start HRT only after a mammography has ruled out any such lesion. While HRT does not cause breast cancer, it is still not recommended to women with a personal or strong family history of breast cancer. It's important to discuss the potential risks and benefits of HRT with your healthcare provider to make an informed decision about whether it's the right treatment for you.
Myth: HRT is only for older women.
Reality: It is actually the other way around, with younger women benefiting more from HRT. In fact, the correct time to start HRT is before the age of 60 and within 10 years of attaining menopause. Younger women who experience premature menopause (POI) or who have undergone a hysterectomy definitely need HRT for optimal heart and bone health.
Myth: HRT causes weight gain.
Reality: Replacing your hormones with HRT may, in fact, help you to lose weight.
Myth: HRT is a dangerous and risky treatment.
Reality: Like any medical treatment, HRT carries potential risks and benefits. However, when used appropriately and under the guidance of a healthcare provider, HRT can be a safe and effective treatment for many people. It's important to discuss the potential risks and benefits of HRT with your healthcare provider to make an informed decision about whether it's the right treatment for you.