A word of advice
Apr12

A word of advice

I’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed for the past few months, more overwhelmed than I’ve felt in a long time. I’ve had more work than usual, which is good financially, but leaves me with little time to do those important life admin jobs we all have. Not being able to do them stresses me out. I’m menopausal or perimenopausal, I’m not even sure which any more. But I’ve been that way for a long time and...

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The HRT shortage
Feb03

The HRT shortage

Around the end of last summer, I became aware of a shortage of HRT in some parts of the country. I was lucky, I could still get mine. I went on HRT early last year, after months of horrendous night sweats. I would wake up most nights literally drenched in sweat and would end up sleeping on a towel. Needless to say, it was making my already troubled sleep even worse. Initially, I started on HRT tablets, but after a few months my GP was...

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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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