HRT disease prevention hopes wither

HRT is a "reasonable option" for women with moderate to severe menopausal symptoms but should not be used for preventing chronic disease, a major review has concluded.

Latest follow up of the Women's Health Initiative trials has confirmed that the risks of both combined and oestrogen-only HRT outweigh the benefits, but most of the health effects do not last once therapy is stopped.

During the trials, women on both regimens were at increased risk of stroke, VTE,