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Who can't take HRT?

Guidelines have changed in recent years and, in some cases, women just need extra monitoring while they are using HRT

PRESS RELEASE

For imediate release: 2 May 2012

Who can’t take HRT?

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) can effectively relieve menopausal symptoms in many women. Although there are a few women who can’t use it, a lot of the available information is misleading and many women are left feeling confused. So how can women know whether HRT is suitable for them?

In the Spring 2012 issue of The Menopause Exchange newsletter, consultant gynaecologist Dr Claudine Domoney discusses which groups of women can’t take HRT for medical reasons and who will need extra monitoring because they have a higher risk of complications. Topics covered include the risk of cancer (especially breast cancer), vascular disease (including high blood pressure), the risk of thrombosis (blood clots) and other conditions like diabetes.

“Many women think there are far more contra-indications to HRT than there actually are,” says Norma Goldman, founder and director of The Menopause Exchange. “Guidelines have changed in recent years and, in some cases, women just need extra monitoring while they are using HRT. It is important to discuss your concerns and risk factors with your doctor.”

The Menopause Exchange is completely independent – it’s not sponsored by any companies and is funded purely by subscriptions from individuals and healthcare professionals. Other articles in the Spring 2012 issue include ageing past the menopause, bladder symptoms at the menopause and ovarian cancer. We have also included information on the talks and seminars given by Norma Goldman to women, healthcare professionals and organisations.

Take a look at Norma Goldman’s video ‘The Menopause – keep your cool’ on the home page of The Menopause Exchange website to hear general information on the menopause. Benefit from her top ten tips on how to cope with your symptoms, with information on HRT, complementary therapies and self-help lifestyle measures.

Visit The Menopause Exchange website at www.menopause-exchange.co.uk.

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 norma@menopause-exchange.co.uk

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NOTES FOR EDITORS

1. The Menopause Exchange 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 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.
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: the perimenopause; HRT questions you forgot to ask your doctor; easing flushes and sweats without HRT; treating vaginal dryness; menopausal symptoms you may not recognise; phytoestrogen and herb safety; what men should know about the menopause; essential fatty acids; screening for women over 50 and 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