Alternatives to HRT

What alternatives are there to HRT?


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  • Caitriona's photo avatar
    Caitriona — 19.09.2018 12:25
    Hi Eileen, I have just been prescribed Vagifem as a last-resort-before-surgery for weak pelvic floors. I have been trying to avoid medication/HRT but am desperate. Doc told me it is very localised oestrogen injection and may sort out my problem. Will the Oestrogen enter my bloodstream do you think? Is there an alternative for Vagifem that you think might work? I don't get hot flushes anymore and suffer a bit of insomnia but not too bad. Am 50 next month and haven't had a period for over 2 years. Advice would be very welcome. Many Thanks


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      Eileen — 20.09.2018 11:12
      Hi Caitriona These kinds of HRT are known to only work in a localised area so are deemed much safer than pills or patches. I am not sure about whether it would get into your blood stream, sorry. I would ask your pharmacist, they should be able to help with this. Unfortunately, I don't know of any similar natural remedy. Most natural ones are very mild acting so may not be strong enough to make the difference you need just now - sometimes going down this route is the best option!


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    Ann Hyde — 12.08.2017 14:34
    I need something to stop the hot flushes, I am not allowed HRT from doctors so need something herbal maybe, any suggestions please


    • eileen's photo avatar
      eileen — 14.08.2017 10:29
      Hi Ann You could try the sage tablets, these are specifically for hot flushes but are not known to contain any oestrogen like HRT.


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    Ann — 01.08.2017 07:34
    Hello. I'm 48 and pretty sure l'm perimenopause. Experiencing irregular heavy periods and hot flushes. With this can you also suffer from pains around the groin area and embarrasing occurances of flatulance or is this non related.


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      eileen — 02.08.2017 07:53
      Hi Ann Groin pain can be caused by a number of factors such as weakening of the pelvic floor muscles but it is best to get this checked out by your doctor first. Falling oestrogen can often affect the digestion resulting in wind or cramping or constipation. You may find cutting carbohydrate foods down (these are the worst culprits!) and drinking lots of water can help. Some women find taking a course of probiotics can improve things, you can get these from healthfood shops.


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