In hindsight, ‘getting on HRT means you’re smart’ wasn’t the right thing to say in my earlier blog.
A more accurate would’ve been to highlight that no one should ignore HRT without first speaking to a trusted health expert well-versed in HRT.
Many general practitioners (most?) aren’t up to date with the latest hormone replacement therapy (HRT) science and information. And if they are, you will likely not get all your questions answered in a typical 15-minute consultation.
That’s not a dig at doctors but at the healthcare system itself. There are exceptions, but generally, a 15-minute consultation doesn’t always empower doctors to do their best work. It just is what it is.
And just as there are good and bad trainers, there are good and bad doctors.
Your HRT discussion has to be with a doctor and women’s health expert well-versed in the latest HRT. And one who will not feel rushed to answer your questions and concerns about HRT. Then, decide if it’s the right thing to do.
Unfortunately, exceptional doctors aren’t always easy to find.
There is a slight risk of cancer with HRT.
Australasian Menopause Society’s stance on the cancer risk is as follows: “For the majority of symptomatic women, the benefits of menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) outweigh the risks.”
But this is a conversation between the HRT specialist and you to see if the benefits outweigh the risks.
It’s shameful that there isn’t as much research on this topic (or most topics affecting women, such as endometriosis) compared to issues that affect men.
I am hoping that the tide is starting to turn on that. Even if slowly.