Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
HRT is a treatment for menopausal symptoms and entails the introduction of synthetic hormones into the bloodstream to replace the oestrogen supplies that are waning naturally as part of the menopausal process.
HRT only postpones menopausal symptoms and they will reassert themselves whenever HRT is stopped. It can be argued that the adjustments that are occurring during the menopause are taking place at the natural time for the woman concerned and postponing them with HRT could upset the delicate hormonal balance and rhythm completely by overriding the body’s natural process.
Both Oestrogen and Progestogens used in HRT have huge side-effects including:
- Increased risk of certain cancers
- Abnormal or excessive uterine bleeding
- Fluid retention
- Increased blood pressure
- Dizziness or depression
- Weight gain or loss
- Nervousness, insomnia, somnolence, fatigue and more.
HRT has an effect on the whole circulatory system – blood circulation, veins and arteries. It can therefore increase the risks of raised blood pressure, migraine, stroke and thrombosis. It also increases the levels of oestrogen, the building hormone and hence the risks of breast tissue changes, fibroids and endometriosis. Then there is the “domino” effect on other vital organs e.g. the liver which helps remove excess hormones added into the body from HRT. Its function can be affected increasing the possibility of liver damage.
The longer HRT is taken, the greater the side effects.