Many people have fears related to HRT due to inaccurate, dated information that was released from the Women's Health Initiative (WHI). The researchers of the WHI have tried to correct the misinformation about the study, but sadly the misinformation is still out there on the internet. To be clear, the WHI study started 30 years ago, and used hormones that were derived from horse urine! While some people still prescribe this hormone (Premarin), Winona does not. Winona prescribes bio identical, natural hormone replacement therapy (HRT) that is FDA approved, effective, and derived from yams :)
As far as HRT causing cancer, studies have shown that women receiving bio identical HRT can actually decrease the risk of some cancers, stroke, heart disease, bone loss, and diabetes!
Of course, there are always risks and your Winona physician will be sure to review your medical history for any potential issues. That being said, about 1 in 10,000 women are at risk of developing a serious ailment.