What Is the Highest Dose of HRT?
Getting too much oestrogen is unusual. The amount of oestrogen that we make during a typical monthly cycle is substantially higher than the dose in HRT. If the dosage is too high, you could develop vaginal bleeding or breast soreness. If you experience those symptoms infrequently, it's possible that you are still sporadically manufacturing oestrogen on your own. Talk to your doctor if you think that might be the case. If necessary, the dose in your HRT could be decreased.
What Is the Lowest Dose of HRT Available?
The lowest effective dose of oestrogen should be administered, according to current recommendations, which apply to all therapy areas. The lowest effective dose of oestrogen for one woman will be very different from what is the effective, appropriate dose for another woman. For some women, the dose of oestrogen may need to be increased to adequately control symptoms, and a gradual increase (no sooner than three monthly) is in line with recommendations.
Does HRT Stop Periods?
Your periods won't cease if you take HRT; it just modifies how it's delivered. Therefore, if you decide to use HRT while you are still having periods, you should take it in a cyclical pattern to coincide with your regular cycle.
Can I Start HRT at 70?
Although it is not often advisable for women over 60 to begin HRT, the WHI trial demonstrates that such women do not appear to be at higher risk of cardiovascular events or mortality. Concerned about how HRT may affect their desire and sexual activity, many women seek counsel.
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. Gaining weight with menopause is common, whether or not you are on HRT. However, eating healthy and exercising regularly can help you lose unwanted weight.
Where is the best place to put a 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, homoeopathy, and acupuncture are used. For e.g. aromatherapy with HRT
Will HRT increase my breast size?
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 does hrt make you feel?
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?
Everyone is confused between hrt gel/tablet or patch. 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 59 years or have been on HRT for 5 years, talk to your doctor about quitting HRT.
Can You Get Pregnant on HRT?
While using HRT, pregnancy is still possible. You and your unborn child may not be safe from HRT. If you don't want to become pregnant, you should use contraception for at least two years following your last period, or for one year after you turn 50, depending on your age.
Can HRT Cause Bleeding?
When beginning hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or increasing the oestrogen dosage, it is very typical for women to experience irregular and occasionally excessive bleeding. It may take 3 to 6 months for this to pass.