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When is the right time to come off HRT?


For immediate release: 30 October 2008

When is it the right time to come off HRT?

If you’ve been using HRT to ease your menopausal symptoms, at some point you’ll want to come off it. But unlike with many other medicines, you can’t suddenly stop taking HRT, as this could cause your troublesome hot flushes and night sweats to return.

In the Autumn 2008 issue of The Menopause Exchange newsletter, Dr Diana Mansour, consultant community gynaecologist, looks at why women may wish to come off HRT – and how they can do this safely. The article gives you step-by-step advice on coming off HRT tablets or patches. There’s also information on going back on HRT if your symptoms return and aren’t eased by alternative methods.

“Coming off HRT is fairly straightforward, but you do need to follow your doctor’s advice,” says Norma Goldman, founder and director of The Menopause Exchange. “You will need to gradually reduce the HRT dose over a few months to prevent your symptoms returning.”

The Menopause Exchange covers a wide range of subjects, like menopausal symptoms, HRT and its alternatives, nutrition, lifestyle and medical conditions (e.g. breast cancer). 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 Autumn 2008 issue include the menopause consultation, insomnia at the menopause and diabetes. 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.

6. All press enquiries to Norma Goldman on 020 8420 7245.