Not for me, but I'm trying to do some research on the pros and cons of Hormone Replacement Therapy for treatment of perimenopausal symptoms. It's really hard to find what I consider unbiased information as most of the information is from one camp or another on the subject.
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This is a controversial topic, and everyone has a bias. There is definitely data that hormone replacement can increase a woman's risk of breast cancer.
The question is how significant is this risk. If you ask a gynecologist, they will tell you the risk is low and that it can certainly improve quality of life. If you ask me (an oncologist), I will tell you heck no and the improvement in quality of life is not worth the risk.
In my biased opinion, I would tell a woman to take HRT ONLY if her menopausal symptoms were making her absolutely miserable - emotional lability/depression, severe vaginal dryness, horrific hot flashes, and osteoporosis. Antidepressants can help with the emotional lability and hot flashes and there are drugs for the osteoporosis.
Husbands tend to like their spouses more on hormone replacement than not (for obvious reasons), but I would not want my wife to take it if there is even the slightest additional risk of breast cancer.