Q16. Why is there so much controversy around HRT?

A16. The reason for this is that there have been several studies which show an increased risk of cancer, heart disease and stroke as a result of taking HRT.

This has led to many women stopping HRT.

But it appears to be the case that these risks develop following long term use of HRT, for example, taking it over a 10 year period.

However HRT has proved to be effective for thousands of women at easing the symptoms of the menopause.

It is an individual decision. If you are thinking of taking HRT then research it carefully, learn about the various issue surrounding it and talk to your GP. He or she will explain about the benefits and the risks before assessing your suitability for HRT.

If HRT is not recommended then he/she will suggest an alternative.

Find out more in our risks of hormone replacement therapy section.


Menopause FAQs

  1. What is the menopause?
  2. What age do you start the menopause?
  3. What is a ‘premature menopause?’
  4. What is the ‘perimenopause?’
  5. What is the ‘premenopause?’
  6. What are symptoms of the menopause?
  7. Can you become pregnant whilst going through the menopause?
  8. Why do you put on weight during the menopause?
  9. What are hot flushes?
  10. My mother started the menopause at the age of 46, will I do the same?
  1. What are mood swings?
  2. Why do women lose interest in sex during the menopause?
  3. Can you still be sexually active after the menopause?
  4. Why do women fear the menopause?
  5. What is HRT?
  6. Why is there so much controversy around HRT?
  7. What treatment is available for the menopause?
  8. How likely am I to develop osteoporosis?
  9. How long does the menopause last?
  10. What is the ‘postmenopause?’

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