About natural hormone replacement therapy
|Q||What are natural hormone replacement therapy products made from?|
|A||They are bio-identical hormones synthesised in the laboratory from plant products – mainly soy or wild yam.|
|Q||How long until I notice results?|
|A||Generally between 2-6 weeks. At review, adjustments are made as required.|
Symptoms and concerns after starting bio-identical HRT
I am experiencing breakthrough bleeding. Is this normal?
Unless the bleeding is very heavy or frequent continue your troches
until your next review. Most bleeding settles within 2-3 months. It is
of no cause for concern. If you are bleeding heavily for more than 10
days, please contact the nurse consultant.
My period has stopped altogether. Is this normal?
If you are in your reproductive years your periods will probably continue. They may stop. This is not a problem.
I am experiencing crawling skin and/or hot flushes again. Does my treatment need review?
Your treatment will need to be reviewed at regular intervals and the
formula of your troches changed accordingly. Ring the clinic to make an
|Q||I am starting to feel unwell on treatment. Does it mean it is no longer working?|
just means your treatment needs to be adjusted or updated. Please
contact the nurse consultant for a blood test form and make an
appointment for review.|
I have put on weight. Is it because of the troches or treatment?
treatment we give you will encourage weight gain. Certain aspects of
treatment will assist with weight loss, however diet and exercise
remain very important.
Is it normal for my breasts to become swollen and sore?
Yes. It will normally cease 6-8 weeks after starting replacement therapy.
|Q||My sleeping patterns remain poor. Is there anything I can take?|
|A||Yes. Melatonin. This is a natural sleep hormone. Please contact the clinic to arrange a script.|
|Q||Why am I getting pimples and/or facial hair?|
|A||This could be related to the androgen in the troche, so your troche formula needs to be altered. |
I am experiencing hair loss. What can I do?
Try a zinc supplement (25mg twice daily) together with Silica (hair and nail formula).
|Q||Is natural hormone replacement therapy compatible with other medications?|
|A||It is compatible with most medications, however contact the doctor to confirm.|
Will estrogen increase my risk of breast cancer?
Our program is protective against breast cancer. It will decrease your chances of developing breast cancer.
Monitoring and review
How do I get more troches?
There are scripts at the pharmacy. Contact them directly.
My next pathology slip does not request all hormones. Is this correct?
Yes. We base changes on clinical symptoms not blood results.
|Q||Do I have to have my blood tests done at a certain time in my cycle?|
|Q||I have decided to become pregnant. Do I need my treatment revised?|
|A||Yes. Contact the clinic to make an appointment.||