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The majority of women, it seems, are still suspicious of HRT and would rather battle the menopause alone.
By then it was too late for the advantages — prevention of crumbling bones, protection of the heart — to have any real effect, the damage wrought by the menopause had already been done, while the risks of the medication still remained.The thinking now among the medical community, she added, was that the earlier women start taking HRT, the better the long-term results, since it really does protect against the illnesses of old age, such as osteoporosis and heart disease.If she had her way, she told me, she’d start every woman on it from the age of 45. For although the health watchdog NICE issued major new guidelines in 2015 saying GPs should prescribe HRT to up to 400,000 women with severe menopause symptoms, a survey conducted by this newspaper in conjunction with Lloyds Pharmacy earlier this year revealed that only 17 per cent of women who had been through the menopause used HRT.Partly, I suspect, because it came early, a couple of years ago when I was around 47 and my youngest was still at primary school.
I guess I still had a vague notion that I might have another baby in me.
Without it, I’m not really sure how I would have coped.