Hormone replacement therapy forever like in my mother's generation?

Different thinking. Since release of women's health initiative over a decade ago, our concept on hormone replacement, specifically estrogen & progesterone, have changed 180 degrees. Immediately after, we said no one should receive hrt. Now we advocate taking it only if necessary (and not for prevention) and for as short a period of time as possible. But even as i type this, the tide is changing. Keep open dialogue.
Depends. If you start hrt early in menopause & continue, especially if monitored appropriately, hrt should be safe for many years. The recommendation is to keep hrt for short periods is based on the whi which studied only Premarin (conjugated estrogens) & provera. I fail to see how you can extrapolate that to every hrt available in this market.

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I'm 42 and started to feel like I don't have a lot of energy or a sex drive and I've gained weight. Will hormone replacement therapy help?

Which hormones . The symptoms you describe are very nonspecific. Hormone replacement only helps those who are hormone deficient. In the presence of a described deficiency of thyroid hormone, replacement is very helpful. Replacement of estrogen and Progesterone in the peri menopausal is more controversial due to ongoing risk of clots and cancers. Rarer hormone deficiencies require an endocrine evaluation. Read more...

What natural alternatives to hormone replacement therapy are available?

Hormone replacement. A healthy lifestyle, diet with lots of fruits and vegetables and fish (eg wild salmon), adequate protein, control weight, treat any hormone problem e.g. Thyroid disorders, exercise daily, meditate, see your doctor for examinations to determine the cause of any problems. Read more...
Several. There are several as mentioned. Yet, none match the potential of optimized estradiol, estriol, Progesterone & testosterone levels. Read more...

Can dieting be affected by hormone replacement therapy?

No. Hrt should not affect the outcome of dieting. Occasionally hrt can cause some water retention (which can add a few pounds temporarily), however. Read more...

How does hormone replacement therapy increase libido?

Testosterone. Therapy can increase libido a lot. Estrogen therapy may have slight effects. It can also improve vaginal lubrication making it more enjoyable, and improve your overall well-being, so it seems like your desire has increased. Read more...

Can hormone replacement therapy help with anxiety and depression?

Anxiety/depression. Forget hormones for now - please see a Psychologist about your concerns. You don't mention your gender but I assume you are a woman! In that case you should also see a Gynecologist as well. Read more...