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Should I or shouldn’t I take HRT? Many women ask this question if they’re struggling with menopausal symptoms. Doctors say that HRT is the best treatment available, but it’s very much a personal choice. Not only do women need to look at the pros and cons of taking HRT, but they also need to look at whether it’s right for them.

In the Summer 2018 issue of The Menopause Exchange newsletter, specialty registrar Dr Katherine Gilmore and consultant Dr Diana Mansour, look at the benefits and risks of taking HRT. HRT can ease menopausal symptoms, such as hot flushes and night sweats, and in the long term can help to protect against osteoporosis. Risks depend on a woman’s age and the type and form of HRT taken.

“All women need to be given balanced information about HRT so that they can make an informed choice,” says Norma Goldman, founder and director of The Menopause Exchange. “HRT isn’t suitable for all women and some women decide to try other management...

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