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Side effects can occur with any medication, including HRT. In fact, side effects with HRT are very common, though not inevitable. However, as with many things HRT, they will be different for every woman.
While side effects can be uncomfortable, they generally settle over 8-12 weeks. However, if symptoms are particularly severe, persistent or worrisome, it’s important to speak with your prescriber for guidance. Don’t suffer unnecessarily.
HRT side effects can occur with any new or change to HRT regime, so patience is key as your body adjusts. Side effects can also be similar with oestrogen and progesterone so again patience is needed as you work through options with your prescriber. There’s no one size fits all with HRT.
The following side effects are most commonly experienced with oestrogen replacement therapy. The list is by no means exhaustive, and any side effect that is particularly troublesome should be discussed with your prescriber.
The following side effects are most commonly experienced with progesterone replacement therapy:
Side effects are uncommon with testosterone replacement therapy if testosterone levels are maintained within the female physiological range. If side effects do occur they are generally reversible with reduction in dosage or discontinuation of testosterone replacement therapy.
If side effects don’t settle, there are many options available to your prescriber, so don’t be disheartened. As previously mentioned, there’s no one size fits all with HRT, and finding the right individualised combination can take time. Options may include:
Where necessary, investigations may also be necessary to rule out other causes of side effects, such as bleeding.
Self-help measures may also be worth trying, and can include:
Despite popular myth, the results of many accurate scientific studies show that HRT does not cause weight gain, and many women will gain weight with menopause due to a perfect storm of hormonal, metabolic and social changes.
HRT side effects such as bloating and breast tenderness may feel like weight gain, but once these have settled, it’s more likely that HRT will act as a catalyst for weight loss – boosting energy levels, activity levels and feelings of wellness.
Side effects of HRT are a common occurrence for many women. However, time, patience and a knowledgeable HRT prescriber can help find an HRT option that is right for you.
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