HRT the pros and cons

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I need some help to put my life back on track, I'm 47 and went through the menopause when I was

43 I have not had a period for over 2. Years, the symptoms have just got worse and worse.. I really do need some help, I have tried numerous alternative medicines to no avail, and now I'm just at the end of my tether, My husbands suffering because of me, he is very understanding but it isn't fair,

I just want to know if HRT is the answer, My mother was one of the first to be put on it back in the 80's

Unfortunately she passed away at 50, with liver disease there were questions at the time over HRT

But nothing was confirmed, so you can see my concerns.. Any info would be great, speaking to ladies about there own experiences is better than listening to a male doctor who has no clue....

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    I had an early menopause at 40. I didn't have mood swings or hot flashes but my memory was terrible. It was so bad that my job became really difficult. By chance I saw an article that said this could also be a symptom of the menopause. I asked a doctor and she said yes it could. I also had the beginnings of osteoporosis. Was referred to an HRT clinic and never looked back. Was on a combination HRT pill for 10 years. I put on weight at the start but was once again sharp as a tack. I went off it after 10 years - but only because of the scare stories at the time. I'm 63 now .- I do have post menopausal dryness but that's it. The GP astounded me by suggesting HRT.. So am considering it (Vagifem worked but made my hair fall out). I asked the GP about the dangers and she said HRT had moved on since when I was on it.

    Meanwhile everyone comments on my youthful skin - which could be because of the HRT or maybe it's just genetic).

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      What I want to know is, if you've got a contraceptive implant (which stops your periods) and then have it removed and go onto HRT for menapausal problems - will your periods come back?  I would really hate this!

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    Thanks Chris, I think that's what it is I have to do stop thinking about negativity and think we have moved on a lot. Thankyou for your help, I suppose I could give it a trial and see how it goes smile
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    I had a laparoscopic assisted radical hysterectomy at the tender age of 36. A year later my hair started breaking, became thin & has reduced dramatically. I'm 43 now & have since been on Elleste Solo 1mg for two years now & although the menopausal symptoms have reduced 70%, my hair has suffered drastically. I feel bloated most days, my memory resembles little white rabbits or soft fluffly clouds, my concentration levels are non-existent & i'm easily distracted which is affecting my job as a Finance Assistant, always tired too...not sure if i need to change HRT or up the dosage??...anyone got any helpful advice please? confused
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    A friend of mine has the coil fitted for oestrogen and uses a cream on her thighs each day.  There are so many different types of hrt its worth trying to find what works.  I'm coming off my hrt as I have put on so much weight and can't stand it but if symptoms are horrendous I will have to think again.

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