Menopause and HRT Booklet
HRT is only one type of treatment for the menopause. It is the most effective treatment available to improve your symptoms and it can also work to reduce your risk of osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease.
It is a real shame as over the past ten years or so, HRT has been given a negative press so many women are scared and worried about taking it. The negative reports are largely due to a large trial that was reported in 2002 (called the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) Study) which has since been shown to be flawed. It actually studied women who are older (in their 60s) and they were given types of HRT that we do not prescribe nowadays.
Interestingly, the authors of this study apologised in a mainstream medical journal (NEJM) as they admitted that people misinterpreting the results of their study is one of the main reasons that women are unnecessarily worried about taking HRT. For the majority of women starting taking HRT when they are under the age of 60 years, the benefits of HRT really do outweigh any risks. This means that it is safe to take HRT and taking HRT can provide you with positive effects to your future health, especially your bones and heart.