Ask the Nurse

I’m 66 and I was on Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) for about 10 years, but stopped using it for the last seven years. Is there any evidence to show that I need to go back on HRT? If so, how long are you supposed to use HRT?

Indications for hormone therapy (HT) include:

  • Hot flashes
  • Vaginal dryness that can cause painful intercourse
  • Osteoporosis prevention and management

Below are other midlife concerns that are indications for you to talk to your doctor about restarting on HT:

  • Hair loss
  • Mood swings
  • ’Brain fog’

Since you had been on HT for ten years after menopause, if any of these symptoms listed above are interfering with your quality of life, you should contact a certified menopause practitioner about restarting HT. There is no time limit to therapy. Simply put, if you are doing well on it, stay on it.

May 20, 2015 at 1:19pm