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HRT Alternatives

on June 9, 2014

After realising that HRT is just a delay to the inevitable, I made the decision to just go straight for it and try and avoid HRT if at all possible.  I am aware that this blog may end up being the best advert for HRT the world has seen!!  Just for clarity, I am not opposed to medical intervention, I am just classed in a high category risk group.

I started off reading a lot of articles that state the Menopause is a Western issue and this has been put down to diet.  I’m overweight, and the most common bean I eat is the Cocoa-bean, ideally in the form of a Frys Chocolate Bar or a Walnut Whip.  I can’t find this on the list, so am trying to increase my intake of lentils and chickpeas, both of which I love in Indian cooking.  If I have to eat more Chinese and Indian food then I won’t complain too much.

I then came across the following article, by the former news reader Carol Barnes.  She was on HRT around the same time my Mother was, and made the decision to come off later on.  This article inspired me to believe that I can do this.  On the basis of this article and others that followed a similar theme, I am stocked up with Red Clover and Sage.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-405835/Carol-Barnes-How-alternative-remedies-helped-beat-menopause.html

 

I never got myself organised in time, so in a way it will be interested to follow my own blog and see if there are any changes when I get to the recommended 1-3 months of taking these supplements.  I’m due to be off work for around 6 weeks, so will no doubt be adding to this list as I get more time to do more reading on this subject.

 

The other articles of interest to me were ones on Prozac.  I am already on Prozac for PMDD.  Suffering continual Pre Menstrual Tension is not fun, and it has helped a lot.  I initially looked into this on the basis of the success with my severe mood swings with the PMDD.  My Mother went through early menopause, and my earliest memories of her during this time were one very moody and unapproachable woman – I kept my distance!!  I had initially started looking at Prozac as an aid with the mood swings that can happen, but instead I found a lot of articles on its use with the flushes and the night sweats.  Prozac is not licenced for use with the menopause, but it being used by GPs.  I’ve attached articles I found on the Patient UK and the  NHS sites, and will be asking my GP to allow me to try this too.

 

http://www.patient.co.uk/health/menopause-alternatives-to-hrt

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Menopause/Pages/Treatment.aspx

 

The updates going forward will be my own personal menopause diary.  HRT free (hopefully), using Prozac and natural alternatives of Sage and Red Clover.

 

Let the menopause begin!

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