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Have you tried HRT?

Today we hear that hundreds of thousands of women should be offered hormone replacement therapy to combat the menopause, according to the health watchdog.

Despite years of safety concerns over a possible link to cancer, NICE today underlines that the benefits of HRT by far outweigh any risks.

The watchdog says GPs have wrongly ‘lost confidence’ in the treatment with many women being ‘dismissed’ and left to ‘suffer in silence’.

However,  it has been reported that there are concerns that the recommendations have been influenced by experts in the pay of drugs firms. Half of the 18-strong panel of doctors and other specialists have financial ties to manufacturers – and some have received thousands of pounds to give advice or attend overseas conferences.

Have you tried HRT? Would you recommend it to your best friend? Is it now something you would consider in light of todays findings? Do you trust the latest guidance? Have you suffered in silence?

Have you tried HRT?

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Jax
20th Dec 2015
0
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I had an early menopause (37) and was told I needed to go on HRT. Bad mistake - I was on them for 10 years and put on so much weight. Developed an under active thyroid and asthma. All of which were subsequently put down to the HRT tablet.
kerrycoo
18th Dec 2015
0
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I have been on HRT patches since I was forty, when I had a hysterectomy. I have a few flushes, but nothing to what other women my age have, I am sixty two, so I do think they work. I do not know about the tablets.
nanabet48
18th Dec 2015
0
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I was put on it for 6 months at the start of menopause due to becoming irregular with periods. After talking to my doctor I realized the HRT was actually making me have periods, which I would rather have done without, so I stopped taking it and went through a relatively easy, uneventful menopause.
lizfid3
22nd Nov 2015
1
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I am one of the very fortunate group of women who has had an amazingly trouble free menopause. I was offered HRT but refused it as my hot flushes and night sweats were very minor and my libido was, and still is, excellent. Had my symptoms been severe I may have given it a try. I've been a very lucky lady.
bb61
22nd Nov 2015
1
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I tried due to early menopause, but once I realized I would have to go through it once off hrt then thought im doing it no rather than later and so glad have,
Matron999
20th Nov 2015
1
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It was a life saver for me because at the age of 37 I had to have my ovaries removed.
jacob7
19th Nov 2015
1
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I tryed it 12 years ago when the was lots of not good things being said eg that it could breast cancer so I stop using it and put up with the hot flushes
celtwitch
17th Nov 2015
2
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I was quite well on it and I couldn't care less about cancer risk, we have to die of something, don't we?
Redbird
17th Nov 2015
2
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I was on HRT for 18 years and my doctor decided to take me off it.
Within 2 weeks I has lost my labido and had literally 'dried up'.
Being intimate became a painful nightmare. I began to feel old and depressed.

After suffering for 2 months I went on line and bought the same HRT that I had been taking. Unfortunately I never got my labido back but am now a healthy human being again and fit as a flea!

At my time, 71, quality of life is more important than quantity!
Jo Kingham
17th Nov 2015
4
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Never tried it and wouldn't touch it! As grannyhubbard and rudgy have said the links to cancer (especially breast) are just too high. There are more effective ways of counteracting the symptons including leading a healthy lifestyle and diet. I will avoid at all costs.
grannyhubbard
16th Nov 2015
2
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I was taking HRT and never felt so good. But due to breast cancer high risk, was taken off of it.
rudgy
16th Nov 2015
2
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I was on hrt for about 6 years .Had to come of it due to having breast cancer which was hormone related .
susanrad1951
15th Nov 2015
1
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I was on hrt a long time ,but the doctor told me I had taken them long enough but I was fine when I was on them .
Linda Maggie B
14th Nov 2015
1
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I found HRT very helpful, I used it for five years, and am happy to say it helped my moods/ flushes and all associated with the menopause!!It was a very low dose, but very effective
peterpanswendy
13th Nov 2015
1
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I had occasion to use HRT, I was in a right old state, trying to keep myself together and feeling a real bad state of anxiety. Iused it for a few months until I that i could cope with life and all it's trials and tribulations.
Cullomptmum
13th Nov 2015
4
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I wouldn't consider HRT. My mother used it for 8 or more years and developed endometrial cancer making both me and my sister high risk. The menopause is a natural phenomenon suffered by women around the world. Better information on health, fitness and diet would be best for the majority, saving HRT for those at lower risk with extreme symptoms. This would also help our ailing health services.
Theoldgirl
13th Nov 2015
2
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I was HRT, for over 23 years I felt great full of life, we moved house had a new Young doctor, told me I had been on it for to long, took me off it, did not say to me to ween myself of it, I was moody, bad tempered, my hot flushes came back, the night ones are the worse, I can't sleep with them, I have tried others things but they did work for a while but, now my flushes have come back with a vengeance. My friend was telling me about one of her friends she is in her 70 like my self, she was having the same problems like me, she went back to her doctor and said she wanted to go back on HRT, so she can have her life back. So I am going to see my doctor and ask if I can go back on HRT again, as I am not coping,and I want a quality of life again.
Redbird
17th Nov 2015
1
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Go on line and google DR. Matt there you will be able to purchase HRT. Good luck.
daddyhole
12th Nov 2015
2
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I had a total hysterectomy at the age of 31. No doctor would help me and I suffered terribly. I became severely depressed, severe sweats, ect. At aged 40 I was one of the first to be given HRT by a new women's clinic in Birmingham - I straight away felt like a new woman, my whole personality changed for the better. I became a loving wife and mother again, strong and healthy. At age 60yrs I was stopped from prescription use as they changed their minds and said it was dangerous. Again I went through physical and mental changes, severe sweats day and night, my husband could,nt believe how I suffered, now 74 yrs old my symptoms are less but have not gone yet. How long must I be part of this experiment ?
Daisychain1
12th Nov 2015
1
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I started HRT when I was 49, following a full hysterectomy, including removal of my ovaries. My female GP and I had a chat about the pro's and con's, particularly as my elder sister had been diagnosed and recovered from breast cancer some years earlier at 38. I felt that I was made fully aware of the small increase in risk of breast cancer, but the physical symptoms of the menopause were ruining my life. I made an informed choice and used HRT patches for five years. Never felt as well and life was great. During that time however, after 17 years, my sister was diagnosed with another primary tumour in the same breast, which is very rare. She survived, albeit requiring a mastectomy. Unfortunately, last year I was also diagnosed with breast cancer. After having a lumpectomy, and the tissue being tested, it was discovered that the cancer cells reacted strongly to oestrogen. Had to come off HRT immediately. Made a good recovery from the bc, but within weeks felt as if I had aged ten years!! Taking supplements and running regularly, but still suffer from aching joints and the dreaded flushes are back. Taking antidepressants for the flushes ( which is indicated at a certain dose), and Zopiclone (sleeping tablets) at night. Only way I can sleep through the night sweats. If I could turn the clock back, would I take HRT again? Too right I would. I feel as long as any woman makes an informed choice, then that is her right. I will probably never know if the HRT contributed to having breast cancer, but what I do know, is that you need to balance that small risk with quality of life. Particularly when we are all having to hold down jobs until well into our 60's.
pammie
12th Nov 2015
1
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I had an Hysterectomy when I was 36 and have been on HRT ever since with no side effects, and I am now 66! and I would say to any ladies thinking of taking it give it a chance am sure its kept me fit, and of course it does help your bone strength but I guess I was one of the lucky ones!
zebsmum
12th Nov 2015
1
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Having gone into menopause at the tender age of 36 in the 90's, my GP suggested HRT, I was very sceptical, but she went through the details and research and as I didn't want to go through the symptoms any longer than necessary which could be another 20 years. It turned out to be one of my better decisions. It alleviated most of the symptoms, although the night sweats persisted for a good while and the flushes a little while. My mood swings vanished and my energy returned.
I would recommend for similar situation s and do your homework.
MargaretW8
12th Nov 2015
2
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Was not allowed it due history of strokes in family , so have gone alone , it try herbal stuff some worked some did't.

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