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Does anyone use St Johns Wort with HRT?

(10 Posts)
cocolepew Sun 19-May-13 16:47:59

I know you're not supposed to, but not sure why? Presume it afffects the hormones?
But I'm coming off Citalopram and was wanted to maybe try a natural mood lifter.
TIA.

cocolepew Sun 19-May-13 18:04:44

Bump smile <- winning smile.

TallulahBetty Sun 19-May-13 18:06:17

Well, not too sure, but I know you can't take the contraceptive pill whilst on St. Johns Wort (or vice versa lol) ad it stops the pill working. So maybe the same reason?

TallulahBetty Sun 19-May-13 18:06:41

As* it stops the pill working

cocolepew Sun 19-May-13 18:42:26

I was having a Google and it says not to take it sad.

bella65 Mon 20-May-13 12:05:59

There IS information online if you google carefully smile
I think it says that St JW intensifies the action of hormones.

bella65 Mon 20-May-13 12:06:58

Have you tried exercise? Studies show that 30 mins of brisk walking a day ideally somewhere 'green' is as effective as anti depressants.

Bossybritches22 Thu 30-May-13 18:27:57

I would think intensifying the hormones would be good surely as you could take less of them to greater effect?

Some of the research i have sen suggests a DECREASE in the uptake of oestrogen which is why it would muck up your HRT absorbtion I guess.

I walk dogs for 90+ minutes a day, (dogwalker!) Bella & it does lift the mood but god knows what I'd be like without it.

Would like to come off my anti-d's but need to get these bastid hormones (or lack off) sorted first. grin

bella65 Thu 30-May-13 20:52:15

ADs are not the first line of therapy for menopausal women, despite lazy GPs dishing them out like sweeties.

What women need is oestrogen, not ADs- there is a huge amount on this on the website of Prof Studd- take a look.

cocolepew Thu 30-May-13 21:51:21

I couldn't take it if it decreases the estrogen, I'm already struggling  with the hrt I'm on. I need all I can get grin

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