If You Start Hrt At First Signs Of Menopause, Will You Delay Menopause?

Question

Asked by Mari Carrera

If You Start Hrt At First Signs Of Menopause, Will You Delay Menopause?

I have been on HRT (various kinds, now bio-identical) for many years and wanted to know if I have stopped the natural process of menopause. If I stop HRT, will I then start where

I left off. I am 66 years old and started menopause at 42.

Answer

No, Mari, you have not delayed the onset of menopause. The doses of HRT are quite low in comparison to what your body was producing and act to control symptoms. If you stop HRT now, you should do so very gradually. By 66, most women wouldn't get symptoms back or only very mild ones. Some women, though, never get over hot flashes, so that might be a problem for you. The other thing to consider though is all the long term health prevention estrogen has been doing for your body...we know if you start before your last period or within a few years, you get cardiac protection, lower risk of colon cancer, bone protection and growth, brain benefits, vaginal and bladder health benefits and better overall morbidity and mortality, without a significant increase in the risk of breast cancer. Once you stop the HRT, these benefits go away, so it's an important piece to consider before you decide.

Best of luck,

Sandy

Answered by Sandy Greenquist