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I am 57 and have just stopped taking HRT after 7 years a...

I am 57 and have just stopped taking HRT after 7 years and am plagued with hot flushes and pins and needles in the fingers. I can find plenty of guidance on the menopause and why to/ not to use HRT, but nothing offering information on what happens when you stop HRT! Help!

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  • Guest

    I am 52 had a hysterectomy at 36 and have been on HRT for 10 years and have been trying to get information about how to stop taking it. I have just been to my doctor and have to go back because she didnt know. what will happen will my skin sag,hair get thinner and will I become the depressed crying woman that I was? I just want to be a normal 52 year old woman and enjoy life.

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  • Guest

    I am 55 and stopped taking HRT 2 years ago after having been on it for 5 years. Since coming off it I have had flushes and sweats constantly. I have loss of libido and feel I am inclined to be more irritable. I am now considering asking my GP about going back on it as I would like to be able to enjoy my fifties without these problems. Does anyone have any info on whether symptoms are less the older you are when you stop taking it or if you still have to go through the same things for the same length of time no matter what age you come off it.

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  • Guest

    I was interested in the comments.

    I am aged 50. I went on HRT at 48 when I had Menopausal symptoms. I came off it because my tablets Premique Cycle were stopped. I now have hot flushes, tiredness and tummy pains. I have read just about everything I can find, but haven't found the tummy pains in the symptoms. Does anyone have experience of this?

    MARCY

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  • chrissy16

    Hi

    I too was on HRT for 7 years. I am 59 years of age. I was OK on HRT and had no side effects, it was good. Then I moved house this year and the new doctor said I was too old and to come off of them. I was so scared. I did though and now have all the day sweats and night sweats back. It is horrendous. I too would like to know when do they stop or get better, but I suspect that if you are better you would not come to this site, so we will probably never know. I am going to try flash fighters though as I have tried everything else and nothing works.

    Chris

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  • Guest

    [quote=\&quot;M. N.\&quot;]I was interested in the comments.

    I am aged 50. I went on HRT at 48 when I had Menopausal symptoms. I came off it because my tablets Premique Cycle were stopped. I now have hot flushes, tiredness and tummy pains. I have read just about everything I can find, but haven't found the tummy pains in the symptoms. Does anyone have experience of this?

    MARCY

    Hello Marcy

    I am 51 &amp; decided to visit this site as I too am having tummy aches as well as terrible night sweats so in a sympathetic way, I am pleased to have come accross your comment. I have been having menopausal symptons for a couple of years but have yet to go to my GP about it. Perhaps the time has come?

    Sandy

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  • liverpool

    Hi I am new to the menapause at a young(arnt we all) 52.I am devestated at the lack of help even from female GPs our age.Its awful I have had my fitness taken away I walk everywhere its my hoby but I ache all over.Yes I have tummy ache all the time so you start to worry but they say \&quot;its your age\&quot; I am very tired and I lood awfu.I wanted to do it Naturally as i an scared of HRT and do not trust them to get it right.They just want you out of there office.xxxxxxxxxx

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  • candy333

    hello to all the menopausal ladies out there. I was on h.r.t. for 12 years, kept trying life without it, total nightmare!! Went to see lady g.p. who deals with women's problems, and she said it was up to me, knowing the risks, whether to stop taking it or not.Then she said I could try patches, called estradot, tiny little things, waterproof too.You just change it twice a week. The lowest dose didn't help a lot, still had flushes, but not as severe, am about to up the dose. It's supposed to be much safer than tablets. Wish me luck :D

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  • lalaguna

    [quote:7ae62d4100=\"candy333\"]hello to all the menopausal ladies out there. I was on h.r.t. for 12 years, kept trying life without it, total nightmare!! Went to see lady g.p. who deals with women's problems, and she said it was up to me, knowing the risks, whether to stop taking it or not.Then she said I could try patches, called estradot, tiny little things, waterproof too.You just change it twice a week. The lowest dose didn't help a lot, still had flushes, but not as severe, am about to up the dose. It's supposed to be much safer than tablets. Wish me luck :D[/quote:7ae62d4100] :oops:

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  • lalaguna

    Hi ladies. I was on h.r.t. for 17years, my doctor said i should stop taking them, as my eldest sister had a slight stroke.

    I am having hot flushes quite a lot, my doctor said to try BLACK COHOSH,

    What i would like to know is if anyone has tried these tablets please. :oops:

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  • Marianne

    Hi all, I am 54 years old and I came off HRT about 5 years ago after being on it for 10 years, yes I started the menapause very early. My doctor took me off HRT because of the breast cancer scare related to HRT. I felt dreadful after coming off it, hot flushes, night sweats, the night sweats were the worst. Now I am happy to say the night sweats are far and few between, one a month maybe, as for the hot flushes can't remember the last time I had one.

    Hang in there to all those ladies who have come off HRT there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

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  • flipflop

    hi,I am 52 and came off HRT about 6 months ago after 13 years,I too am having awfull day and night sweats so I was happy to hear from marianne.you have to come off it eventually so let me get it over with.thanks marianne. :oops:

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  • linda407

    I have been on Femseven hrt for the past 9 years now my GP insists that I come off it. I have tried myself on several ocassions but have terrible side effect, hot sweats, bad dreams and not sleeping feeling unsteady and very stressed.

    Does anyone know if your GP can force you to come off HRT if you wish to stay on it .

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  • sue73

    I guess your GP will simply not issue a prescription for you if he/she feels strongly about it, and your only option then is to try another GP. I do sympathise. I was in the same position but decided to trust my GP's decision and, like you, suffered terribly. I am now 67 and still get the odd hot flush, and other symptoms such as creepy-crawly skin that drives me mad, but what can you do? Menopause is just awful for some women.

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  • Abracadeborah

    I have been on HRT for 12 years. I went into an early menopause at 33 years of age after ovarian failure. I have tried many times to come off of my medication. but after a week I am getting over bearing hot flushes that last a minute every few minutes. It is driving me crazy I just cant take it anymore. Any remedies advice welcomed PLEASE :-(

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  • cindy24

    Hi I'm 53 and have been going through the menopause since my mid 40s. I started with chronic hot flushes day and night a few years later, when I was 49 but did not want to go down the HRT route as I understood all the symptons return once you come off it (as confirmed by those earlier postings), plus the added health risks. I have tried just about every natural remedy on the market and have found (for me anyway) that ground linseed (flaxseed to our American friends) helps enormously with the flushes, providing you take it regularly. I sprinkle a table spoon on my breakfast cereal and another either in or on my dinner, however dosage can be increased or decreased until you find what suits you. It has the added benefit of fibre and omega. I also take sunflower/star flower oil capsules. I don't know if I'm allowed to advertise (sorry if I'm not!) but I purchase my linseed from xxx who give lots of advice for us women of a certain age.

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  • christine75424

    I'm 52 and have been on HRT for just over 5 years. I am going to see my doctor about coming off as I'm aware of the health risks, but I must admit I'm nervous. I've felt healthy and happy taking HRT, no more hot flushes or night sweats. I've also had a healthy libido and I really don't want to lose it. Do others think there is a risk it will go? I'm in a new, positive stage of my life and worry that coming off HRT will derail me.

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  • cmac

    I am 57 and have gone off HRT three times and switched type of HRT twice (from oral to patch and bioidentical). Bottom line: when I stop HRT, I immediately sink into deep depression and lose interest in and physical enjoyment of sex. I also suffer mild flushes/sweats, hair loss, skin dryness when off HRT - but those are bearable. It is the crushing depression and libido loss that send me back to HRT. I am on the lowest dosage for the patch, and quarterly I take progesterone for a week (because I still have uterus). Every 6 months, I reexamine risks and options with my doctor, but for me - quality of life is so much better on HRT that I am willing to continue. My husband wants me off it, and I will continue to try periods of time without to see if I still get suicidal, but for now, HRT is very much contributing to my desire for sex and just getting out of bed every day!

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  • julie18028

    Hi I am 57 and have been using a patch for the last 14 years following surgically induced menopause .I have felt great but was encouraged by my G.P a year ago to discontinue I have managed this by cutting the patch first in half and now down to a quarter .unfortunately each time I reduce I experience dreadful hot flushes and impaired memory but it does get better.Its a slow process, took a year to go from half a patch to a quarter but I am getting there

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