HRT to Bio-identical HRT

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I'm wondering if anyone has any advice on coming of Hrt and going onto bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?

Also, is there a conspiracy of silence on painful mammograms? I had one yesterday and found it excruciatingly painful - very shocked.

I'm grateful for any comments - Thanks girls .wink

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    Hey Julie

    I am a mammographer and in response to your question about mammograms, the answer is they should never be painful! Yes they should be uncomfortable and you should feel a lot of pressure but pain is not good . The moment you feel pain u should let the tech know because they may be skin folds underneath that she is not able to see. She should take you out of compression and reposition you. The smaller you are the more uncomfortable the mammogram. We need to fulfill certain criteria when imaging and getting up against the chest wall is difficult on any patient but more challenging on smaller breasted women. Hope this helps.

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    Hi Julie, I don't know much about bioidentical HRT. I just read this: "Are "bioidentical" or "natural" hormones safer and more effective than hormones used in traditional hormone therapy for menopause symptoms? 'No, they aren't. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and several medical specialty groups, the hormones marketed as "bioidentical" and "natural" aren't safer than hormones used in traditional hormone therapy, and there's no evidence they're any more effective.

    If you interested, read this it might give you some answers?? http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/menopause/expert-answers/bioidentical-hormones/faq-20058460";

    I just came off HRT gradually over 2 months weaning myself off, but after being off it for three weeks the hot flashes came back. I thought after being on HRT for 20+ years, once I came off it, I should be OK. I am waiting to see if someone can help me how to get rid off the hot flashes, especially as we are going into the hot weather.

    Regarding the mammograms, I have them every two years since I turned 50yrs of age (I am 64 now), and they are uncomfortable, but definitely not painful.

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      Hi Evelynne, you could try progesterone cream , also Boots chemists sell a magnet that you wear on the front of your knickers ( sounds a bit cranky but it seemed to lessen the intensity of hot flushes for a while and is harmless) 

      Thanks for the link about hormones and your comment re mammograms. 

      Julie 

      ps hope you feel better soon

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