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Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) patch. Doctor sticking an HRT patch on a patient's arm. HRT is a treatment that replaces the female sex hormones oestrogen and progesterone with synthetic versions, reducing the symptoms of the menopause. These include hot flushes, night sweating and atrophic vaginitis (vaginal dryness). HRT also helps prevent atherosclerosis (arterial narrowing due to fatty deposits) and osteoporosis (loss of bone density). Treatment is normally given for two to five years.
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