Is hormone replacement therapy (HRT) safe?

Recent findings suggest that HRT is both safe and beneficial for healthy women younger than 60, for controlling or eliminating many symptoms of menopause. In the past, many traditional doctors did not question the Women’s Health Initiative study published in 2002, showing a small but significant increase in incidences of breast cancer, stroke, heart disease, and blood clots from taking combined (estrogen and progesterone) HRT or estrogen-only HRT. However, today doctors have come to realize HRT can be highly effective for controlling or eliminating many symptoms of menopause and only suggest women stop taking combined HRT after 5 years.