The HRT patch
Jun18

The HRT patch

My GP recently recommended that I move to an HRT patch rather than take HRT tablets. You can read more about that here. So what is it like using an HRT patch? An HRT patch is like a large plaster. It is completely clear, so not very visible. It should be applied to a fairly small area of the body around the bum and hips, so shouldn’t show through your clothes anyway. The leaflet makes it very clear that it should be in this...

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Menopause, HRT and the NHS
Jun11

Menopause, HRT and the NHS

A few months ago, I told you that I had gone on HRT, after months of horrible night sweats. My GP was really helpful and I had no qualms at all about going on it. I’m pleased to say that the night sweats have gone and I may even be sleeping a bit better (although I do always tend to sleep a bit better in summer). Because I’m only 45, because I haven’t completely gone through the menopause and also because I’m...

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Night sweats, the perimenopause and HRT
Jan28

Night sweats, the perimenopause and HRT

About a year ago, I started sweating at night. In winter and only wearing underwear in bed, I would wake up literally drenched in sweat. Not every night, but two or three nights a week. Sometimes it was so bad that I couldn’t bear to get back into my soaking bed, so I would take myself to the spare room for the rest of the night. I know that night sweats are a symptom of the menopause. I also know that they can be a symptom of...

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In praise of the NHS
Mar23

In praise of the NHS

Regular readers will know that my daughter and I have had a tough couple of months, health-wise. My husband and my mum have been a great support. They have watched us suffering and they’ve been there to help. They think we have both been let down by the NHS. But I disagree. Yes, we’ve been pushed from GP to one hospital department to another hospital department. Yes, I’ve had to chase up one or two things. But we...

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Healthy/ unhealthy
Jan28

Healthy/ unhealthy

I’m the healthiest person I know. I NEVER get ill. I’ve had a few coughs and colds over the years, but nothing I could actually describe as ‘ill’, that actually stopped me from going about my everyday life (and no, I wasn’t doing the mum martyr ‘no time to be ill’ thing  –  I genuinely wasn’t ill). The last time I was actually ill was in April 2009. Yes, 2009. I had a bit of a...

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