Taking HRT during menopause does NOT increase risk of heart disease, study finds

TAKING HRT during the menopause does not increase your risk of heart disease, experts have claimed.

Hormone therapy is one of the most effective and common treatments for menopause – but many women have previously avoided taking it due to health risks associated with the drug.

But now experts in South Korea have revealed that there is no increased risk of heart disease or type 2 diabetes relative to the medication.

The drugs are used to relieve common menopause symptoms such as hot flushes, mood swings and night sweats.

They come in different forms such as pills, gels and even patches and use oestrogen and progesterone to relieve menopausal symptoms.

The therapy replaces the hormones your body is lacking after the change.

Menopause is a natural part of ageing, which usually happens when a woman is between the age of 45 and 55.

In the UK, the average age for a woman to go through menopause is 51. It occurs when oestrogen levels in the body start to decline.

Fabulous Menopause Matters

An estimated one in five of the UK’s population are currently experiencing it.

Yet the menopause is still whispered in hush tones like it’s something to be embarrassed about.

The stigma attached to the transition means women have been suffering in silence for centuries.

The Sun are determined to change that, launching the Fabulous Menopause Matters campaign to give the taboo a long-awaited kick, and get women the support they need.

The campaign has three aims:

To make HRT free in England

To get every workplace to have a menopause policy to provide support

To bust taboos around the menopause

The campaign has been backed by a host of influential figures including Baroness Karren Brady CBE, celebrities Lisa Snowdon, Jane Moore, Michelle Heaton, Zoe Hardman, Saira Khan, Trisha Goddard, as well as Dr Louise Newson, Carolyn Harris MP, Jess Phillips MP, Caroline Nokes MP and Rachel Maclean MP.

Exclusive research commissioned by Fabulous, which surveyed 2,000 British women aged 45-65 who are going through or have been through the menopause, found that 49% of women suffered feelings of depression, while 7% felt suicidal while going through the menopause.

50% of respondents said there is not enough support out there for menopausal women, which is simply not good enough.

It’s time to change that.

It's estimated that around one in five women are going through menopuase in the UK, which is why Fabulous has launched the Menopause Matters campaign.

Many women start the menopause in their younger years and some have suffered debilitating symptoms.

Ulrika Johnson recently said she feared she had Alzheimer's when she started the menopause.

As part of the South Korean study, researchers gathered data from 58,000 postmenopausal women who were taking HRT and investigated the association of the drugs with heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

They compared this data with 50,000 women who were not prescribed HRT.

They concluded that taking HRT and the benefits for women far outweighs the risks.

The study was published in the journal of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS).

Dr. Stephanie Faubion, NAMS medical director said: "These results are consistent with our current understanding of the risks and benefits of hormone therapy, with the benefits typically outweighing the risks for women who initiate hormone therapy aged younger than 60 years and within 10 years of menopause onset."

Who can take HRT?

Hormone replacement therapy is widely available to those who are battling menopausal symptoms.

Despite this, the NHS outlines those who may not be suitable for the treatment…

  • patients with a history of breast cancer, ovarian cancer or womb cancer
  • patients with a history of blood clots
  • patients with untreated high blood pressure – your blood pressure will need to be controlled before you can start HRT
  • patients with liver disease
  • pregnant patients – it's still possible to get pregnant while on HRT, so you should use contraception until two years after your last period if you're under 50 or for one year after the age of 50

To get started on HRT you should book an appointment with your GP who will explain the different options available to you.

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