Pros:

  • Estrogen can increase bone density in both the hip and the spine and may reduce fractures in post menopausal women.
  • You can take estrogen in pill form or skin patch
  • Estrogen can increase bone density even if started later in life
  • Estrogen often lowers hot flashes and may help you sleep better and improve dry skin.
  • Premarin is a medication that contains several estrogens.
  • Prempro is a medication that contains several estrogens and a progestin.

Cons:

  • Some studies indicate that there may be a relationship between HRT/ERT and breast cancer
  • Some women experience nausea, bloating, breast tenderness and high blood pressure
  • Women at risk for Deep Vein Thrombosis (blood clots in the lower legs) should not take HRT/ERT