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Hormone replacement therapy

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a system of medical treatment for perimenopausal and postmenopausal women, based on the assumption that it may prevent discomfort and health problems caused by diminished circulating estrogen hormones.

The treatment involves a series of drugs designed to artificially boost hormone levels.

The main types of hormones involved are estrogens, progesterone or progestins, and sometimes testosterone.

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