Understanding HRT risks

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may help to ease troublesome menopausal symptoms. But, like all medicines, there are some possible risks involved. Understanding the risks of HRT versus its benefits will help you decide whether this is the right management option for you.

In the Autumn 2023 issue of The Menopause Exchange newsletter, Dr Joanne Hobson, clinical lead director of The Menopause Consortium, discusses HRT’s possible impact on your cancer, stroke, blood clots and heart disease risks.

“Many women can take HRT safely without any side effects or complications, but there may be some health risks involved,” says Norma Goldman, founder and director of The Menopause Exchange. “These health risks vary from person to person, depending on many factors, including their age, lifestyle or family history. If you’re thinking about trying HRT, it’s important to discuss your individual risk factors with your GP or another healthcare professional.”

Other articles in the Autumn 2023 issue of The Menopause Exchange quarterly newsletter include Complementary medicines and therapies for the menopause, Healthy diets from around the world, and Headaches and migraine at the menopause, as well as news, Ask the Experts Q&As and information about Norma Goldman’s webinars, talks and workshops.

The Menopause Exchange, which was established in 1999, is unbiased and independent and isn’t sponsored by any companies or organisations. Our free quarterly newsletter contains articles written by top UK medical experts, including menopause consultants, GPs, specialist menopause nurses, pharmacists, dietitians and complementary practitioners. We also include news, book reviews and our ‘Ask the experts’ page. Each issue of The Menopause Exchange’s free quarterly newsletter is emailed to over 13,000 people, including women, men, healthcare professionals, complementary therapists, workplace managers and journalists.

Menopause webinars: Your readers may be interested in organising a webinar for their family and friends or workplace. For over 24 years, Norma Goldman has been presenting menopause talks and workshops. Her in-depth knowledge has helped thousands of women enjoy a more comfortable menopause. She’s now hosting her own regular webinars via Zoom. Norma’s ‘Understanding the menopause’ webinar is suitable for women at or approaching the menopause, women who have had premature ovarian insufficiency (menopause before age 40) or a hysterectomy, or anyone with an interest in women’s midlife health. Post-menopausal women can attend presentations too. If women join the webinar, they’ll be able to ask questions, receive a factsheet and hear about other women’s experiences. To attend a webinar, arrange one for a group of friends or to find out more information, women should e-mail [email protected] or call 020 8420 7245.

To join The Menopause Exchange, anyone can sign up for free on our website, http://www.menopause-exchange.co.uk. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter/X:(@MenopauseExch.

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