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Is HRT safe for women with a medical condition?


For immediate release: 28 July 2008

Is HRT safe for women with a medical condition?

All women have to weigh up the pros and cons carefully when deciding whether or not to take HRT. But for women who are particularly prone to a chronic medical condition, it’s an even harder decision to make. In some cases, HRT may increase further a woman’s risk of developing that medical condition or may interfere with any medication she is taking.

In the Summer 2008 issue of The Menopause Exchange newsletter, GP Dr Sarah Gray weighs up the risks and benefits of HRT in women prone to conditions like heart disease, blood clots, thyroid problems, diabetes and asthma. She also looks at the best forms of HRT for these women, as well as any precautions that the prescribing health professionals will need to take.

“Health professionals can find it challenging when prescribing HRT to women with certain medical conditions,” says Norma Goldman, founder and director of The Menopause Exchange. “Yet there are very few women who can’t actually take HRT. What is important is that all women are assessed individually, taking into account their personal risk factors and the severity of their menopausal symptoms.”

The Menopause Exchange covers a wide range of subjects, like menopausal symptoms, HRT and its alternatives, nutrition, lifestyle and medical conditions (e.g. heart disease). It is completely independent – it is not sponsored by any companies and is funded purely by subscriptions from individuals and health professionals. Other articles in the Summer 2008 issue include bladder problems, the facts about soya and aromatherapy at the menopause. The Menopause Exchange has an Ask the Experts panel, information service and fact sheets specifically for members.

For more information on The Menopause Exchange, write to The Menopause Exchange at PO Box 205, Bushey, Herts WD23 1ZS, call 020 8420 7245, fax 020 8954 2783 or send an e-mail to



1. The Menopause Exchange Newsletter was launched in June 1999.

2. 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 at organisations, workplaces, exhibitions, health clubs, pharmacies and other venues. 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.

3. 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.

4. Topics covered in previous issues of the newsletter include: HRT questions you forget to ask your doctor; complementary therapies at the menopause; phytoestrogen and herb safety; osteoporosis treatments; memory problems; getting your libido back; anti-ageing beauty secrets; mood swings; and coping with a premature menopause.

5. UK annual membership (4 issues of the newsletter, regular fact sheets, use of the information service and ‘Ask the Experts’ panel) costs £18 for individuals; £22 for local organisations; £40 for companies/national organisations; corporate (over 10 copies) and overseas memberships are available on request.

All press enquiries to Norma Goldman on 020 8420 7245