“Some­one go­ing through early menopause should be on HRT un­til she turns 50 – the age at which nat­u­ral menopause would oc­cur.” The Breast Can­cer Risk

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hor­mone re­place­ment to in­crease their li­bido,” she says.

Dr Chua adds: “Con­sider also the psy­cho­log­i­cal ef­fect of menopaus­ing early and los­ing the abil­ity to have chil­dren (or more chil­dren), for ex­am­ple. That may af­fect li­bido, too.”

And a menopausal woman may go through emo­tional changes like ir­ri­tabil­ity and mild de­pres­sion. If th­ese get worse, seek med­i­cal help or see a ther­a­pist. A com­mon con­cern about HRT is the in­creased risk of breast can­cer. But Dr Hayes points out that stud­ies show you’re at risk only if you’ve been tak­ing HRT for over ve years. “Also, if only oe­stro­gen is re­placed, the risk of breast can­cer is much less, com­pared with if you have to re­place both oe­stro­gen and pro­ges­terone.”

Dr Chua adds that a woman’s risk of breast can­cer also de­pends on how long her breasts have been ex­posed to hor­monal stimulation. “A woman who starts men­stru­at­ing ex­cep­tion­ally early (the av­er­age age is about 11 years) or gets menopause ex­cep­tion­ally late (af­ter the nor­mal age cap of 55 years) al­ready has an in­creased risk of breast can­cer, com­pared to her peers who menopause at age 50.”

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