My HRT journey – by Vicky

Well I’m still on it, I think! My symptoms started three years ago.  From the start of the covid pandemic they got a whole lot worse; exhaustion, brain fog, inability to concentrate, joint pain – to the point I couldn’t even lift the kettle. Work was hard, I was slower and felt I couldn’t do my job accurately.

Fast forward to May 2021 and it dawns on me, after all the media attention from a TV documentary on Perimenopause, that could be me!

I made an appointment with the GP, I was told I was overweight and at too much risk due to a family history of breast cancer, to take HRT. I left feeling worse!

Two or three months down the line;  alot of research under my belt, I plucked up the courage to go back to my GP.  This time I was more forthright, but nervous as hell.  The GP agreed with me that I should try HRT. I was prescribed Elset Duet tablets. My goodness, I felt like I had won the lottery. Should it be that way? We all know the answer to that is ABSOLUTELY NOT.

Unfortunately, after 4 weeks I felt worse, so I went back (go me, getting all confident)!!! Another GP prescribed Evorel Sequi patches. I started to feel the benefits quickly,  began exercising again and taking supplements to support my health. I’m still using the patches but I think they need adjusting so I’m going to continue on my quest!

Some things I’ve learned, the perimenopause ain’t all bad! Seriously I have the best self care I have ever had, I walk, the fresh air brings me joy, I eat better (most days)! I only do exercise I enjoy.  We shouldn’t have to feel like absolute rubbish, we should be empowered, supported and have people to listen to us. 

WE GOT THIS x

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