Does HRT cause weight gain?
Most women believe that taking HRT will make them gain weight, but there is no evidence that supports that claim. Weight gain is common during menopause, whether or not you are on HRT. However, eating healthy and exercising regularly can help you lose unwanted weight.
Where to put the HRT patch?
Apply the patch to a clean, dry, oil-free and hair-free area of the upper buttock or lower stomach. Keep the patch firmly pressed for 10 seconds.
How long do HRT side effects last?
When HRT treatment begins, you may experience side effects such as nausea, leg cramps and breast tenderness. These side effects may disappear within 6 to 8 weeks.
Can I buy HRT over the counter UK?
No. HRT is a prescription-only medication.
What age can you start hormone therapy?
Hormone replacement therapy should be started before the age of 60 or within 10 years of menopause.
What are the alternatives to HRT?
The alternatives to HRT can be broadly classified as:
Herbal medicine: Plants and plant extracts are used to relieve the symptoms. For e.g. St John's Wort or evening primrose oil
Non-hormonal medical treatments: Doctor prescribed medicines such as antidepressants
Alternative medicine: Instead of conventional medicines, a wide range of therapies such as acupressure, homeopathy, and acupuncture are used. For e.g. aromatherapy with HRT
Does HRT make breasts bigger?
Your breast density may increase when you are on hormone replacement therapy. The combination of oestrogen and progestogen increases breast density more than oestrogen alone.
How will I feel when I am on HRT?
When you start taking HRT, you may feel some side effects such as nausea, breast tenderness, and leg cramps.
Is HRT gel better than patches?
Oestrogen gel is a popular form of HRT. It has to be rubbed onto the skin once a day. Like skin patches, HRT gel is a convenient form of HRT, and it does not increase the risk of blood clots.
At what age should a woman stop taking hormone replacement therapy?
If you are over 59years or have been on HRT for 5 years, talk to your doctor about quitting HRT.