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Old 01-16-2009, 03:46 PM   #1
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What if you do not take any HRT

What if you do not take any HRT. What risk is there

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Old 01-16-2009, 11:18 PM   #2
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Re: What if you do not take any HRT

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What if you do not take any HRT. What risk is there
Hello majic09,
With any medication there are benefits and yet problems they can cause. I was 28 when I had to have a hysterectomy. My Dr. put me on Premarin. I did try getting off of it after about 10 yrs. but had bad hot flashes. I'm 59 now and took myself off them about 9 mths. ago with no problems. I wish I'd taken myself off them sooner. I don't think that they know really how any of us will react to medications. They seem to change their minds often. The one major problem that I have is vaginal dryness but I had that with the Premarin. I started to add some of the other hormones but decided against it. My sister-in-law has had testosterone shots for many years and now she is loosing her hair just like a man would. My Dr. said the Premarin would help with osteoporosis and now they say it doesn't and I do have the beginnings of osteorporosis. My liver specialist told me to get off all unnecessary medications. What did our ancestors do before medications? I just think we need to let our bodies be unless it is absolutely necessary to sustain life. Drs. are eager to give pills and I wish that I'd been wiser when I was younger. Hope this helps a little. precious49 God Bless You and Yours Today and EveryDay

Old 01-17-2009, 01:20 AM   #3
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Re: What if you do not take any HRT

i would tend to agree with precious. there aren't any risks to NOT taking hrt, it just depends on how severe your meno symptoms are, and how well you cope with them, as to whether or not you feel you need some help. taking hrt due to having menopause at a young age for whatever reason is very different to taking hrt when menopause hits us at the normal time. it's all very personal and i believe we all must make our own minds up about what we do. i believe the vast majority of women DON'T take hrt, certainly the ones i know don't.
i decided i wouldn't go down the hrt route and have come through it (aged 56 and 3 years without a period) and survived - hurrah!! i have suffered from just about all the 35 symptoms to one degree or another but let nature take it's course. but that's just me. i'm sure there are many other ladies who have very different stories to tell.


Old 01-17-2009, 03:35 AM   #4
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Re: What if you do not take any HRT

There is no medical reason for taking HRT it is simply to make the person feel more comfortable but if you don't want it then don't take it. There is no risk in not taking an HRT... some women do not suffer from any of the annoying symptoms of Menopause so they don't take it. Most women would prefer not to have to take a pill everyday if the didn't have to.

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What if you do not take any HRT. What risk is there
Hi Magic! It used to be that doctors were prescribing HRT almost routinely to women entering menopause. The drug companies were pushing it as though it was a fountain of youth for women, implying that it not only helped with hot flashes, but could prevent everything from cancer to osteoporosis and Alzheimerís. Their campaign was so successful that doctors were handing them out like candy, and Premarin and related drugs soon became among the best sellers in the world.

That all changed in 2002 when a huge study called the Womenís Health Initiative was halted before completion when the researchers realized that the hormones were doing far more harm than good: Rather than preventing disease, HRT was significantly increasing womenís chances of getting breast cancer, heart attack, stroke, and blood clots.

And the bad news keeps coming. I just read an article today that said studies have shown that in older women, HRT was actually causing brain shrinkage, especially in the critical areas of the hippocampus and frontal lobes, which are important for memory and critical thinking.

I was on HRT for four months, and quit one month ago. Since then, Iíve done a lot of reading on the subject, and if I had known then what I know now, I never would have started.

From what Iíve read, it seems that for most women, the only real advantage that HRT can offer is relief from vasomotor symptoms-hot flashes and night sweats. It did help me with those issues, but the other physical side-effects were more than I could bear. Iím glad that I quit the HRT, and Iíd advise anyone to do their homework, and have a long talk with their doctor before they even consider that option.


Old 01-17-2009, 10:34 AM   #6
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Re: What if you do not take any HRT

great post lisa


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