For immediate release: 9th February 2016
Is HRT suitable for you?
Some women who wish to take hormone replacement therapy (HRT) worry that they canâ€™t do so because of their medical or family history. Yet there are actually very few women who arenâ€™t suitable for HRT treatment and, even if theyâ€™re not, most women can still find another suitable way to control their symptoms.
In the Winter 2015/16 issue of The Menopause Exchange newsletter, consultant gynaecologist Dr Claudine Domoney explains which women shouldnâ€™t take HRT because of their personal or family risk factors, and what to do if they have any concerns. She covers cancer risk, high blood pressure, raised cholesterol and blood clots, as well as common health problems such as fibroids, diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis.
â€śMost women can take HRT, and the recent NICE guidance summarised the evidence for its use,â€ť says Norma Goldman, founder and director of The Menopause Exchange. â€śBut women should discuss their medical and family history with their doctor, carefully weighing up their individual pros and cons, especially if they have any underlying medical conditions. Even if they can take HRT safely, they may need to adapt the HRT type or dose.â€ť
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 Winter 2015/16 include menopause consultations with a doctor, breast awareness and dietary fat intake, as well as recent news, Ask the Experts Q&As and book reviews.
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NOTES FOR EDITORS:
1. The Menopause Exchange was launched in June 1999.
2. Articles in previous issues of The Menopause Exchange newsletter include: HRTâ€“which form is best for you?; Coping with flushes/sweats without HRT; The menopause after cancer therapy; The menopause at work; Boost your memory; The menopause: a partners guide; Eating for the menopause; Diabetes at the menopause.
3. The founder and director of The Menopause Exchange is Norma Goldman, a pharmacist with a Masterâ€™s degree in health promotion. She gives talks on the menopause to employees in the workplace and hospitals, women and womenâ€™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 Masterâ€™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.