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For immediate release: 5 November 2014

Coping with HRT side effects

Many women experience side effects in the first few months when they start HRT. Fortunately these side effects don’t last for very long and can often be reduced by the doctor prescribing a different HRT dose, route or formulation.

In the Autumn 2014 issue of The Menopause Exchange newsletter, GP associate specialist Dr Jane Woyka looks at the most common side effects associated with the different components of HRT – oestrogen, progestogen and androgen – and how these can be reduced. The side effects range from breast tenderness, leg cramps and pre-menstrual syndrome to weight gain, fluid retention and excess body hair.

β€œMost medicines carry a risk of side effects,” says Norma Goldman, founder and director of The Menopause Exchange. β€œAlthough side effects are common with HRT initially, it’s important to tell your doctor if you are experiencing any new or worsening symptoms while you are on HRT so that these can be dealt with as soon as possible.”

The Menopause Exchange, which was established in 1999, is completely independent and is not sponsored by any companies. It provides impartial, easily understood information to women and healthcare professionals. The Menopause Exchange quarterly newsletter contains articles written by top medical experts, such as gynaecologists, GPs, consultants, specialist menopause nurses, complementary practitioners, pharmacists, dietitians etc.

Other articles in the Autumn 2014 issue of the newsletter include the menopause: a partner’s guide, cholesterol and the menopause and contraception for the over-40s.

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For more information, write to The Menopause Exchange at PO Box 205, Bushey, Herts WD23 1ZS, call 020 8420 7245, or e-mail



1. The Menopause Exchange was launched in June 1999.
2. Articles in previous issues of The Menopause Exchange newsletter include: Coping with the perimenopause; The menopause after cancer therapy; Emotions at the menopause; Coping with hot flushes and night sweats; HRT for women with medical conditions; Minerals at the menopause; Post-menopausal health and Fibroids and endometriosis.
3. The founder and director of The Menopause Exchange is Norma Goldman, a pharmacist with a Master’s degree in health promotion. She gives talks on the menopause to employees in the workplace and hospitals, women and women’s groups, healthcare professionals, GP practices, organisations, health clubs and at exhibitions. Her daughter, Victoria, the editor of the newsletter, is an experienced health journalist with a BSc. degree in Biomedical Science and a Master’s degree in Science Communication.
4. The aim of The Menopause Exchange is to raise the awareness of the menopause among women, healthcare professionals (e.g. nurses and pharmacists) and complementary practitioners.
5. All press enquiries to Norma Goldman on 020 8420 7245.

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