There are a number of different ways of taking HRT including tablets, patches or topical gels. The combination of hormones and which route will work best is a very individual decision with each having different pros and cons. There are also a number of individual risk factors (eg your weight, whether you smoke and your personal or family medical history).
Risks of HRT* include:
Estrogen only HRT causes little or no difference in the risk of breast cancer.
HRT that contains estrogen and progestogen may increase breast cancer risk. This risk may be higher if you take HRT for longer but falls again when you stop taking HRT.
Heart disease and stroke:
If you start HRT before you’re 60 it does not increase your risk of cardiovascular disease.
HRT does not affect your risk of dying from cardiovascular disease.
HRT tablets (but not patches or gels) slightly raise the risk of stroke. However, it is important to remember that the risk of stroke in women under 60 is very low.
VTE (venous thromboembolism – blood clots in leg or lung)
HRT tablets (but not patches or gels) are linked with a higher risk of developing a blood clot.
During a consultation a comprehensive assessment is made, what options are available and which treatment is likely to give the most benefit are discussed and if appropriate a prescription for treatment provided.
You can get additional information from the NHS Choices website (https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/menopause/symptoms/)
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