Her relationship was deteriorating so badly that she was considering taking HRT. She asked me “if I take HRT and then stop, will my symptoms return?“. This is a very good question to ask.
In the past, medical studies have found that if a woman stops hormone treatment prior top the end of menopause, that her symptoms may return.
Now a new study has looked into the affect of taking antidepressants for menopause relief. It found that approximately 1/3 of women who took them for menopause relief, but stop prior to the end of menopause, will experience a return of their menopause symptoms.
Does this hold true for hormone therapy as well?
If I Take HRT And Then Stop, Will My Symptoms Return?
Here is an excerpt from an article that is appearing on the Reuters site about the study. At the end of the article an eminent doctor, not connected to the study, said that what holds true for antidepressant usage for menopause relief, also holds true for hormone therapy
For about a third of women taking antidepressants to treat menopause symptoms, hot flashes and night sweats will return after discontinuing the drug, according to a new study.
The article goes on to say
Menopause symptoms returned for about a third of the women who had seen an improvement on the drugs.
Later in the article it says
Dr. Judith Ockene, a professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, who did not participate in the research, said it’s the onus of physicians, the media and patients themselves to understand the pros and cons of taking the medication.
“I think women should be educated about the likelihood of (symptom) relapse when they discontinue SSRIs, even if they perceive benefits in the short term,” she said.
Ockene pointed out that some women experience a rebounding of symptoms after they stop taking hormone replacement therapy too.
“We say if women are taking hormones to help them with menopausal symptoms, then they need to be mindful of the fact that when they stop them they may have a return of their symptoms,” Ockene told Reuters Health.
I think that there is important information in this article for women currently taking HRT or who are considering it.
Today doctors who encourage women to take HRT for menopause relief, advise that it should only be taken for a short amount of time, because of the health risks associated with taking HRT. They are vague about defining a short period of time, but push come to shove they will say it means 12-18 months.
However most women experience menopause symptoms for from 2 – 5 years.
If you take HRT for menopause relief from your symptoms for 12 – 18 months, you will probably experience an elimination of those symptoms, or a great reduction in their frequency and severity, during that time.
If you are looking for an answer to the question if I take HRT and then stop, will my symptoms return……I think that the answer lies in the math presented in this post.
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