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Postmenopausal Hormone Replacement Therapy for Primary Prevention of Chronic Conditions, What's New from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)


This fact sheet presents highlights of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations on hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for the primary prevention of chronic conditions. The USPSTF systematically reviews the evidence of effectiveness of a wide range of clinical preventive services—including screening, counseling, and chemoprevention (the use of medication to prevent diseases)—to develop recommendations for preventive care in the primary care setting.

Some health topics discussed include:

  • Does the USPSTF recommend HRT for women after menopause?
  • How does this USPSTF recommendation differ from its previous recommendation?
  • Why did the USPSTF release a new recommendation on HRT?
  • How can doctors help women decide whether to take HRT?
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U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)

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  • Release Date: 10/2002
  • Original Summary: 02/2004
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Last updated: April 04, 2012.