Side Effects of HRT. Which Are the Worst?
The menopause is a natural part of aging for women and occurs when their oestrogen levels begin to decline, and they stop having their periods. The average age in the UK for the menopause is 51. In addition to no longer being able to fall pregnant naturally, there are several other symptoms that can have a marked impact on daily life.
These symptoms can include:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Depression or anxiety
- Hot flashes and night sweats
- Vaginal dryness and lowered sex drive
Symptoms of menopause can begin several years before a woman’s last period and last for several years afterward. Thankfully, there are medical treatments available to help reduce the severity of these symptoms. The most common is Hormone Replacement Therapy, otherwise known as HRT. HRT works by replacing the hormones that are at lower levels because of the menopause. Two methods of receiving HRT are through Estradot Patches and Evorel Patches, both of which are available to buy online in the UK.
HRT has several benefits, but it does come with its own set of side effects so it is beneficial to understand what they are and how to recognize them. The worst side effects of HRT are:
- Swelling in the breasts and other parts of the body
- Heartburn or indigestion
- Vaginal bleeding
- Leg cramps and back pain
- Depression and mood swings
There are more serious symptoms to consider before taking Hormone Replacement Therapy like blood clots and certain types of cancer. However, because these side effects are less common you may feel that the benefits of HRT outweigh these risks- especially since these risks lower once HRT is stopped.
The side effects are often stronger when you first start taking HRT and will begin to plateau once your body adapts to the treatment. By implementing some lifestyle changes, you can help mitigate the severity of the worst symptoms until they settle down. Taking HRT with food can help stop any nausea or indigestion and if the diet is low in fat, you may find it reduces breast tenderness, too. Regular exercise, stretching, and yoga can help ease any muscle pain or cramps. Not only will these lifestyle changes make a difference in your HRT side effects, but they will be beneficial to your overall health and well-being!