My Doctor says that I shouldn't take hormones for more than five years.
If at all! Ever watch a pharmaceutical commercial? It's usually 30 seconds of ad followed by a minute of dire warnings! Why would we ever take anything? Usually (when we're guided correctly) it's because the risk-reward ratio is in our favour: what we stand to gain outweighs the risks. So what's the truth with hormones? Do the benefits exceed the consequences? Why yes they do!