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Tilly59 Wed 22-Jan-20 09:37:35

Is anyone prescribed HRT over 60? Was told couldn’t have it due to age - I’m 61. I’m still getting hot flushes and every other menopause nightmare!

Luckygirl Wed 22-Jan-20 09:46:17

Mine was withdrawn when I hit 60. I have become steadily iller in a host of ways. It is very frustrating.

Greeneyedgirl Wed 22-Jan-20 09:47:45

Yep. I still get it.
Have to see GP annually for renewal of prescription when I go armed with all the latest data from the NICE site.
They are not keen, but I am on the oestrogen only HRT, which carries less risk, particularly of breast cancer. I am not overweight, as obesity is a risk factor, but I do drink up to the 14 units a week, another risk factor.
It's basically about weighing the risks, against quality of life I believe. I told my GP that it should be my informed choice when I have all the info. They said, quite rightly, that there is a small extra stroke risk at my age, and that would cost the NHS extra if they had to look after me!
She agreed to give me the HRT and endorsed my notes that I was aware of risks, thus covering her back!

Liz46 Wed 22-Jan-20 09:50:25

I am nearly 74 and will stand outside the surgery with a banner if they try to take it off me again. I am on the lowest dose oestrogen and that keeps me well.

Tilly59 Wed 22-Jan-20 11:03:59

Thanks - I was reading patches carry less risks? I’ll talk to my GP.

Tilly59 Wed 22-Jan-20 11:05:50

Agree! My quality of life is not good at the moment due to the symptoms. I was told the symptoms would only last a year! 10 years on now!

Tilly59 Wed 22-Jan-20 11:07:24

It really is frustrating isn’t it? I feel I’m not of this world for most of the time!

Esspee Wed 22-Jan-20 12:09:37

I have been on oestrogen implants for over 30 years now. I am almost 71 and will be taking HRT for the rest of my life.
Fortunately my consultant is one of the top NHS specialists in the country and one of the authors of the NICE guidelines on the menopause.

My recommendations to you, as you want to try HRT, is to become very well informed by reading up on the subject.

Google ‘NICE guidelines on the menopause’ and print it off. Study it until you know the parts that are relevant to you. (a highlighter pen is handy) and take it with you when you go to your doctor.

If your doctor still doesn’t want to prescribe it without reasonable explanation ask to be referred to your local menopause clinic where they should be more up to date.
It helps if there is no history of breast/prostate cancer in your family and if there is a history of osteoporosis. (The first is contraindicatory, the second a very strong reason to consider HRT.)

Do not accept oral HRT. It is the cheapest form but you have to take a relatively large dose as your liver will be working overtime to remove it from your body before it can do any good. Transdermal HRT (patches, gel, implants etc.) do not have to pass through the liver so is effective in very much smaller doses.

Taking HRT (and you may have to try different types to find the best one for you) should help with all your symptoms and protect you from the silent ones such as osteoporosis.

Good luck Tilly.

paddyanne Wed 22-Jan-20 12:18:14

ask to be sent to a menopause clinic.Most GP's dont know much about HRT ,so you need a specialist.I see a gynaecologist yearly ...yes on the NHS ...and have my womb and ovarian cysts checked.I've been told by him that I can stay on HRT for life and I'm 66 next month.My late mother had oseoporosis and I had the menopause from hell,I'd be dead or least divorced without HRT .Dont be fobbed off ,get the right help .Good luck

Opal Wed 22-Jan-20 14:21:47

One of the GPs at my practice declined to prescribe it when I initially asked for HRT. When I asked another GP at the same practice later in the year, she was happy to prescribe and described herself as an advocate of HRT. So it very much depends on which GP you see, even within the same practice. Good advice above, study the latest guidelines and show the GP you are well-informed. If they still decline, ask for a referral to the menopause clinic.