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Is 48 too young to start HRT?

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OverByYer Fri 08-Nov-19 07:52:26

I’ve got a GP appointment later as I believed I am peri menopausal and have been for over a year.
I’m struggling to cope and keep bursting into tears and struggling in all aspects of my life.
Have tried herbal remedies, eat well and exercise- although foot pain is impeding this right now. TIA

DogsandBoysmeanMud Fri 08-Nov-19 08:00:20

Absolutely not too old. Most women are somewhere on the menopause nightmare from 45.
Go for it.

DogsandBoysmeanMud Fri 08-Nov-19 08:00:57

Oops meant not too young!! I was 48 when I started HRT

Cosmos45 Fri 08-Nov-19 08:05:52

I am 49 and started HRT a year ago. It has transformed my life. I’m no longer a crying, anxious, depressed mess.. go for it! grin

OverByYer Fri 08-Nov-19 08:06:23

Thanks! Brain fog too?!

Cosmos45 Fri 08-Nov-19 08:12:15

Oh yes.. that’s all gone. I started not to be able to remember words.. basic words like ‘table’ or ‘glass’. It was excruciating.. i would be halfway through talking and then couldn’t remember the word.. my brain would be scrabbling round trying to find an alternative but inevitably couldn’t so I would have to change the sentence.. was awful but thankfully all gone now. I also had the RAGE.. literally wanted to murder everyone.. thank god for HRT!

OverByYer Fri 08-Nov-19 08:22:08

@cosmos yes to the rage. I came out of the ladies at work the other day and couldn’t remember whether I needed to go right or left

OverByYer Fri 08-Nov-19 08:22:43

I’m anxious, paranoid. It’s awful

Cosmos45 Fri 08-Nov-19 08:41:07

I hope you get it sorted quickly. It’s such a horrible time of life for so many women. Thank god we can talk about and realise we are not going mad.. flowers

CatUnderTheStairs Fri 08-Nov-19 08:43:40

I started peri at about 46, went on HRT at 42....made a huge difference. Had to try a couple as the first one sorted out the symptoms but I was still bleeding a lot.

Deux Fri 08-Nov-19 08:51:51

If you look up the NICE guidelines for menopause Nov 2015 you’ll get lots of info on how peri/meno should be treated by GPs.

Good idea to print it off and highlight appropriate sections in case you get a crap GP who is clueless as many seem to be in this area.

Check out Louise Newson aka The Menopause Doctor for brilliant up to date info.

OverByYer Fri 08-Nov-19 09:08:37

Thanks everyone

lizzie0712 Fri 08-Nov-19 09:56:38

I'm 48 and on my 3rd month, brain fog is lifting, night sweats reduced, irritation and tearfulness improving. I wouldn't hesitate!

OverByYer Sat 09-Nov-19 09:07:09

Saw my GP she gave me the option of HRT or SSRI’s. Wants to check bloods to rule out anything else. Go back in 2 weeks but will be pushing for HRT

JinglingHellsBells Sat 09-Nov-19 15:10:46

@OverByYer ADs (SSRIs) are not to be used for menopause. This is the NICE guidance from 2015. Sadly many GPs don't even bother to educate themselves on this. ADs are for women who have perhaps had breast cancer or heart attacks and cannot use HRT.
There is a massive campaign going on by menopause specialists at the moment to try to teach GPs this- but so many are offering women ADs which do not work and may do harm. Peri symptoms are caused by loss of estrogen. The treatment is estrogen. It's that simple. Read the NICE guidelines (easily found online by googling) and the website of Dr Louise Newson and also listen to the podcast I linked to a few threads down on this page, where consultant Nick Panay discusses all of this.

OverByYer Sat 09-Nov-19 16:28:03

Thanks. I will have a read before I go back

Emerald13 Sat 09-Nov-19 21:39:17

I started hrt at 42 after a few months suffering from meno symptoms.

giggleshizz Mon 11-Nov-19 07:46:51

Just started at 46. Only month one but so far so good.

Fairylea Mon 11-Nov-19 07:53:24

I started it at 36 due to early menopause due to autoimmune conditions. It’s actually really important to start it as early as you need it because it provides protection for your bones and heart - lack of oestrogen in younger women is really dangerous long term.

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