Our expert says:
There are advantages and disadvantages to taking HRT. The advantages are the relief of symptoms like hot flushes and protection against osteoporosis and colon cancer. Osteoporosis can be very debilitating, resulting in hip fractures, etc, so that is a significant advantage. The disadvantages are the slight increase in breast cancer, which increases after 5 years. In your mother's case, I would think it reasonable to stop the HRT now. In your case, black cohash has been shown to relieve the symptoms in some women but does not provide the other protective effects. Unfortunately, every woman has to make her own decision based on which benefits and risks are most important to her.
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