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Advice on using HRT please: What are the pros & cons?

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I’m 60 years of age, should I consider hormone replacement therapy….I have been having lots of hot flashes… And insomnia….. And foggy memory…. Is any one going through the same …

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Hi @pamt. Here is some information about hormone therapy that should be helpful for you: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/menopause/in-depth/hormone-therapy/art-20046372.

I would NOT consider hormone therapy. Try taking Vit. E capsules & you will see results & keep a damp facecloth next to your bed so that during the night when you have hot flashes you can put the facecloth on your face. Also put a small fan on your night table. All these thinks help.
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I too would strongly recommend not taking the hrt (hormone replacement therapy ). I was on it for far too long and was diagnosed with hormone receptor positive breast cancer two years ago. Myself and others believe the breast cancer is likely because of long time use of ERT. Unfortunately, my GP never mentioned the risk. Now that I’m taking anastrozole, I’m dealing with other “unpleasant side effects” one being awful hot flashes every two hours.

Welcome @wicher.
Like @digitalsandy, you raise a very important point for women considering HRT. Here’s more info about HRT and cancer risk from the American Cancer Society. They help guide people through recent research on the subject. http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancercauses/othercarcinogens/medicaltreatments/menopausal-hormone-replacement-therapy-and-cancer-risk

Wicher, you may wish to join the discussion in the Breast Cancer group on Connect: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/breast-cancer/ in particular this conversation about the side effects of anastrozole https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/i-completed-all-treatments-for-breast-cancer-but-now-i-am-supposed/ Come introduce yourself there and tell us a bit more about yourself.

Is there a hormone replacement that is safe to take with blood thinners

I am a 79 year old intersex woman, which means, my body hardly makes any, or no sex hormones. I take daily estrogen, progesterone and a bit of testosterone. These hormones allow me to live a normal, fulfilled life! Without those hormones, my life would be extremely miserable, and my bones would be very brittle.
I can only recommend the strongest to talk to your doctor for the possibility of HRT