hormone replacement therapyhormone replacement therapy
The administration of estrogen, usually in combination with a progestogen, to relieve the symptoms of menopause and reduce the risk of osteoporosis in women. Hormone replacement therapy has been associated with certain risks, such as an increased risk of breast cancer. Also called menopausal hormone therapy .
(plural hormone replacement therapies)
- (medicine, chiefly serotherapy) Any of several medical regimens that introduce hormones to the body to replace lost or unavailable ones.
- Male-to-female transsexuals often undergo hormone replacement therapy using estrogens and antiandrogens.
- Elderly women can use estrogenic hormone replacement therapy to alleviate postmenopausal symptoms.