Document Type

Honors Project

First Advisor

Dr. Gavin Lawson

Degree Award Date

Spring 2003


Hormone Replacement Therapy, Menopausal Women, Retrospective Study


Hormones, Hormone Substitutes, and Hormone Antagonists | Obstetrics and Gynecology


This study was conducted to determine if the risks of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) outweigh the benefits. A questionnaire from the background literature was used to investigate the correlation between HRT use in menopausal women (age 45-65) and their current health status. The study focused on the relationship between HRT use, breast cancer, osteoporosis, and coronary artery disease. The questionnaires were placed in four different gynecology offices. Once the completed questionnaires were collected, a detailed statistical analysis was performed on the data. Data was examined for trends among HRT and the associated risks and benefits, as well as the relationship between HRT use and the risk of osteoporosis, breast cancer, and coronary heart disease. In general, the sample population had been correctly prescribed HRT based on their current risk factors. Results from this study indicate that the risks of hormone replacement therapy do not outweigh the benefits.