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Do you need Testosterone as part of your HRT?

Dr Juliet Balfour explains why testosterone is important for women – and can be the icing on the cake when it comes to HRT.   We often think of testosterone as a ‘male only’ hormone – but nothing could be further from the truth. It’s produced in our ovaries and adrenal glands and it’s often associated with our sex drive or libido level – but it does more than that – it can help regulate mood and support the health of our reproductive tissues and our bones. “We produce less of it than men,” says menopause doctor, Juliet Balfour from…

Progesterone -what you need to know about this hormone and menopause

Confused about how to use progesterone or you don’t tolerate it well? Dr Juliet Balfour explains your options. If you have a uterus you need progesterone as part of your HRT. It is vital for controlling the thickness of the endometrium or lining of the womb. By stopping it from becoming too thick it reduces our risk of endometrial or womb cancer. Dr Juliet Balfour, a menopause GP from Somerset says progesterone is produced by our ovaries and in our fertile years its job is to prepare the womb for pregnancy. If we don’t get pregnant the levels drop and…

Rebranding HRT-is it time we changed the way we think about it?

Is it time we changed the way we think about HRT? Some doctors argue menopause needs a rebranding so we no longer think of HRT as the treatment of last resort. Many women talk about HRT in terms of  ‘struggling on,’ ‘braving it out’ and ‘not succumbing’ by taking it because it’s ‘not natural’ – but is that correct? Dr Sarah Ball, a GP with a special interest in the menopause says it is time menopause was rebranded as a ‘chronic hormone deficiency’ rather than accepting it as natural part of getting older, and that HRT was seen as a…

Menopause Myths and Misconceptions

Menopause and HRT: myths and misconceptions.   There are about as many myths and misconceptions surrounding HRT as there are symptoms of menopause. Here gynaecologist Vikram Talaulikar runs through some of the most common ones.   Q. HRT will make me fat “That’s definitely a myth. I’ve seen many women on HRT go both ways. I’ve seen women starting HRT who’ve put it on and just as many who’ve lost weight or seen no changes. It’s very individual. From the studies we know that it doesn’t make you put on weight but what it can do in the first few…

HRT: The Risks Explained

Confused about HRT? Professor Isaac Manyonda talks you through the risks and benefits.   What do you think the biggest killer of women in England is today? You might think it’s heart disease or cancer but it is, in fact, dementia. It’s not surprising since we’re living longer, but does that mean we need to think about our long-term health, and the risks to it, in a different way? At the moment many women are afraid of taking HRT because they’re worried about the risk of developing breast cancer. Unfortunately, neither the magnitude of the risks nor the benefits of…

Bioidentical hormones: a better and safer alternative to HRT?

Is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) a safer alternative to conventional hormone replacement therapy (HRT)? Dr Hannah Sweillam investigates. Menopause isn’t fun. Hot flushes, mood swings, bathed in a pool of sweat and unable to sleep at night – it’s no wonder women seek relief. And these days it seems more and more women are seeking ‘natural’ alternatives in the form of bioidentical hormones. It’s hard to get exact figures on how many women are using bioidentical hormones as they can be bought online or over-the-counter on private prescription in compounding pharmacies, but according to the North American Menopause Society it’s…

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