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5 Top Questions About HRT

1. Will it give me breast cancer or other cancers?

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) can slightly increase the risk of breast, ovarian and womb cancer, however, the risk is small compared to other factors such as being overweight, smoking and drinking alcohol.

The diagrams below from Woman’s Health Concern, really puts this into perspective. For some, the benefits of taking HRT may outweigh the risks, talk to your GP or healthcare professional about your options.

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2. Will it stop my hot flushes and night sweats?

The main benefit of HRT is that it can boost your levels of the hormones Oestrogen and Progesterone which may help relieve most menopausal symptoms, including hot flushes, brain fog, joint pains, mood swings and vaginal dryness. It can also help prevent thinning of the bones, which can lead to fractures (Osteoporosis). 

3. Will it make me look younger?

How old a person looks or feels can be determined by so many factors such as genetics, hair colour, weight, fitness, nutrition, and lifestyle. Unfortunately, HRT is not a magic “cure all” prescription, but it can alleviate several symptoms that could make you appear younger.

Good nutritional support during all stages of the menopause is also important. Vibrancy Blend is a new supplement to be used alongside a healthy diet. Developed by me, a menopausal woman, for menopausal women. 

4. Will It make me have periods again? 

If your periods have stopped for more than 12 months, or you are over 54 years of age, you will usually be prescribed continuous HRT. This means you will take Oestrogen and Progesterone continuously without a break, and your period is unlikely to return. However, some spotting can occur up to 6 months after starting any HRT.

Should you still have regular or infrequent periods, you will be given sequential HRT. This involves taking Oestrogen every day and Progesterone for 10 days of the month. This will most likely cause a monthly bleed.

5. Will it make me gain weight?

Women are often concerned they will gain weight if they go on Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). The answer is NO. In fact, we may lose weight, especially around the middle section. 

The relief of menopausal symptoms that we can experience from HRT can increase our exercise levels, resulting in less body fat and increased muscle mass. We may also experience better sleep, which in turn is shown to aid weight loss. Everyone is different, but this is positive news for those worried about weight gain. 

Sources

Cancer Research UK March 2021  https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/causes-of-cancer/hormones-and-cancer/does-hormone-replacement-therapy-increase-cancer-risk

NIHR December 2021 https://evidence.nihr.ac.uk/alert/risk-of-breast-cancer-with-hrt-depends-therapy-type-and-duration/

Women’s Health Concern March 2022 https://www.womens-health-concern.org/

NHS September 2019   https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/hormone-replacement-therapy-hrt/

Menopause Matters 2022 https://www.menopausematters.co.uk/hrtandperiods.phpBalancehttps://www.balance-menopause.com/menopause-library/will-hrt-make-me-gain-weight

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