To do or not to do HRT?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Is it because menopause symptoms are making you miserable? There are things other than HRT you can try, if so: remifemin, black cohosh, soy, evening primrose oil, and so on. It's become quite an industry - and some of these can give you some real relief. Acupuncture/-pressure can help with some problems, too.

    Much depends on your medical history. give it serious thought if you're having problems with your bones (osteoporosis). Don't think about it for a second if you have had cancer or if you smoke.

    If sleep is your problem, work hard on good sleep hygiene and check out both prescription and non-prescription aids, if need be.

    If you're worried about your heart and hope that HRT will keep you from a heart attack, get good life style advice instead, and stick to it.

    Source(s): www.about.com (see Stress Management) www.about.com (heart disease)
  • 1 decade ago

    It depends on what symptoms you're having and how bad they are... If you're having hot flashes and nothing else is controlling them, HRT may be worth looking into. If you're concerned about the increased risks, there are other options. Some antidepressants, like Paxil, have shown the ability to help decrease the number and severity of hot flashes.

    Source(s): RN
  • 1 decade ago

    DO! my mum would not be the same person without it, she was cuckoo before lol

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