HRT

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to HRT or not to HRT? That is the question

patches or tablets?

what about bio-identical HRT is that available on the NHS?

any advice/thoughts or personal experiences ? I would be really grateful to hear from people. I still find that menopause is a subject not openly discussed, which is why I find this forum so valuable.

 

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    Hi Ruth... Ive been on hrt for 3years now... It has helped and just recently changed to patches and has been fine... What are you symptoms and are you struggling with them?

    I guess you will never know till you try and hrt has come along way... I guess a personal choice but if you don't try something. Bio or non bio you will never know... I'm on elest solo 50patch with is like 3mg of a tablet... I was on bio cream and no good.. I am less stiff in the morning and don't have flushes just minor ones but still suffer with other symptoms. I guess it's down to how you are feeling and what your GP may recommend. The best of luck and keep checking in for support. CK

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    Hi Ruth, I've been on hrt patches for nearly 6months and I feel ok. I've been told and read that the patches are safer than the tablets. I'm hoping to have my patch dose put up as I'm still getting hot flushes ,but I'm only on a low dose. I had my ovaries removed so I went straight into menopause but I was peri before (I'm 49). My experience of hrt so far is positive. As for the bio identical I think that the estrogen is bio identical on the NHS but the progesterone is synthetic. I feel fine on the estrogen only days of the patches and feel a bit of pms on the combined days. I also get a bit of mild period pain on those days near the end and sometimes a bit of pink discharge. Not every month tho?

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    Hi Ruth 

    I tried BHRT for a few weeks and nothing ? As soon as I put the HRT  patch on after a few days I was feeling somewhat better my cycle came after 3 days and I hadn’t had one in 6 months   . I was really really bad though I could never wake up and was ready for bed by 4.30pm. Dizzy as hell too! 

    I’m still fatigued and waiting for the HRT to really kick in. It’s only been 3 weeks . If the BHRT would have worked I prefer that as it’s natural but I couldn’t stand one more day of dizziness and fatigue . I was literally passing out picking up the prescription ..... depressed and just really fed up.  Maybe try BHRT first ? 

    I’ve heard great stories re HRT I’ve read millions of reviews and women say it’s given them their life back ! I’m going for this ! 

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      Hi Louise 

      I feel ya! I had to get an Uber to get my hair done as was way too dizzy to drive and couldn’t cancel  . I admire you for going on vacation I can’t face anything right now . Yes it has stopped it so that’s good I just feel exhausted like I can never get energy or enough sleep . 

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    Hiya Ruth

    I am 43 and have Ovarian failure so never had periods. I've tried a few things over the years bhrt, elleste, nouvelle, and low dose pill. The synthetic approach always resulted in more side effects for me including scary eye migraines. I had 20 + years not on anything, and was prescribed bhrt by a private gp specialist which the NHS now pay for. I take utrogestan, sandrena and testogel (none synthetic) and this time around have been on it for nearly 4 months. I feel so much better and don't get any side effects now. Good luck with what you chose xx

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    Hi Ruth this is my 3rd year on hrt patches and they have helped loads. I was suffering with really bad hot flushes and dizziness and now it rarely happens. Still have loads if symptoms but coming with them xx
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    Hey,

    Ok so my story is as follows...

    I tried Evorel Sequi patches for 6 months - was badly allergic to the progesterone so then...

    Femseven Sequi patches for 3 months - these just DID NOT stick!!! Kept coming off when I showered... no side effects as such but started to ache again as I just don't think I was getting the correct dose as they didn't stick!

    So, for the last month I'm now using Evorel oestrogen only patches continuous and have just finished 13 days of utrogestran caps, 2 at night. I started spotting around 5 days into the utrogestran, have felt exhausted and now have thrush symptoms so I just don't know what to think anymore but feeling fed up!! 

    I'm now 46, been in menopause for 18months and was peri before that for around 3 years. 

    Not sure what I think of HRT at the mo, I don't want to take tablet form oestrogen due to increased risks and the patch form bypasses the liver so alleviates that somewhat..

    We're all unique though and so what works for one does not work for another. I feel it's kind of trial and error for everyone until you find that regime that suits your body...  or give up and cope with symptoms!! 

    One day we'll all be through it! Hurrah for that day!! 

    AJ. xx

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    Hi Ruth I'm on 1mg low dose tablets feeling slightly better. But the weight gain has been unreal. Back to the drs on Tuesday and if they can't find a solution to the weight gain then I'm coming off n will put up with the sweats and anxiety again

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    Hi Ruth, I am taking an hrt called tibolone 2.5 mg as still getting periods. Only been on it for 8 days and apart from 2 days of mild nausea/empty stomach feeling and headaches not noticed anything different as yet but I suppose its still early days. I'm 50 btw and have been signed off sick from work for last 2 weeks hoping this hrt works.

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      Good luck Sarah . I too just started 3 weeks ago . Had 2 periods in that time and not sure if that made me feel better but today feeling awful . It has alleviated some of the dizziness but I’m nowhere near back to normal yet . 
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