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How did you decide to take HRT?
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Posted 25 November 2018 - 08:24 PM
I'm 47 and need to start thinking about menopause/HRT. I've got no idea where to start. I'm sure when I mention it to my GP he will stay "what do you think? What do you want?". I've got no idea where to start? Any idea please?
Posted 25 November 2018 - 08:48 PM
Have a read of the Jean Hailes women's health website, maybe? Usually a good starting point to get my head around the issues so I can have a more informed chat with a doc.
Posted 25 November 2018 - 08:57 PM
I’m not much help, I didn’t have a choice, I was put on HRT by my oncologist after a complete abdominal hysterectomy at 42. I take Zumenon (oestrogen only) tablet once a day and have been for 6 years.
The only side effect is I have to have regular mammograms which lead to biopsies because the HRT seems to make my breasts prone to internal lumps and cysts which always need investigation but come back clear. (5 in 6 years)
Do you have any menopausal symptoms? Other friends have had good experiences with the cream for mild symptoms.
Posted 25 November 2018 - 09:07 PM
You only need to start thinking about HRT if you need to start thinking about HRT, if you know what I mean. The risks are being increasingly recognised (early studies were significantly flawed), so HRT is generally only used now if there are strong indications. Many people can manage their menopause without it.
Posted 02 December 2018 - 06:38 AM
My GP strongly advised against it and said there were too many side effects. I’m 44 and went into early MP at 42.
Posted 02 December 2018 - 06:54 AM
I have never taken HRT and I am now 64 and my menopause ship has long sailed. My hysterectomy was at 45.
Every single doctor I saw recommended against it. There are some products that are not hormonal that do relieve symptoms if you get them but I would not be taking HRT unless absolutely necessary.
Posted 02 December 2018 - 09:13 AM
It depends on your risk profile and severity of symptons- there is an increased risk of earlier onset of osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease with early menopause. With HRT there are increased risks of a range of things- but most of these are influenced by the age you start taking it and by the length of time you take it.
My Jean Hailes GP and I decided that with my family history, the 'protective influences' of oestregen would be overall better for me (early 40s) - stopping HRT around the time I reach the expected age of menopause (with ongoing monitoring).
Posted 02 December 2018 - 09:42 AM
You don't need to think about HRT until there's evidence it might be beneficial for you. It's not something that automatically comes with menopause.
Some women sail through menopause with their only 'symptom' being the absence of periods.
For others, the symptoms can be severe and debilitating, lasting for up to ten years. Whether to take anything to alleviate those symptoms is very personal, and family history, age etc all come into the decision making.
Posted 02 December 2018 - 10:22 AM
I'm on HRT as I went to the GP with symptoms of low estrogen levels that was making my life absolutely miserable. I also have bone density issues already so I'm a prime candidate for osteoporosis. Given that, the risks to me just coping with life were such that I went on a combination of oestrogen and progesterone (not the pill - that didn't work for me hormonally). For me right now it's the best choice - I read through all the various risks and ended up feeling I was damned if I did and damned if I didn't.
But if perimenopause wasn't messing me around so badly I would not be on the stuff.
I agree with read up on the Jean Hailes website so you know what some of the terms mean then talk to your GP if it you have actually issues occurring. Otherwise cross your fingers and hope you will be someone who goes through thus stage without HRT.
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