Women on hormone replacement therapy (HRT) pills should be aware that there is a small chance of an increased risk of blood clots and possibly stroke, according to a study.
The link was made by the international Cochrane group, which looked at medical trials involving some 40,000 women.
While HRT pills can ease menopausal symptoms and may offer some protection against heart disease, this must be weighed against other possible harms.
Women facing the dilemma should discuss it with their doctor, experts say.
The Cochrane researchers say their study is not the final word on HRT – more investigations are needed to get a clearer picture of all the benefits and risks.
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