Is HRT safe for me to take?
“As the name suggests Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) involves replacing hormones that are at a lower level as menopause approaches,” says Dr Vanessa MacKay, of the Royal College of Gynaecologists. “HRT could help you to manage your menopause symptoms and reduce your risk of bone fractures. It may also improve muscle mass and strength, so you stay stronger for longer. “Each woman is different, so your GP will help you weigh up the severity of your menopause symptoms against your risk factors for heart disease, blood clots, stroke, gynaecological cancers and thinning of the bones to work out if HRT is right for you. “Generally, risks from HRT are low but it’s important to assess your own family and health history to work out if it’s right for you.”