“To see whether treatment is helping you should be offered
review appointments every 3 months to start with.
If you are not having any problems you should then…”.1

Umbrella
What may the Hormone Therapy Follow Up Umbrella include?

Depending on the Source (DotS) this Umbrella may include:

  • Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) Follow Up/Review
  • Hormone Therapy (HT) Follow Up/Review
  • Menopausal Hormone Therapy (MHT) Follow Up/Review

Review

If menopausal women choose to use hormone therapy (HT), how often should they review their use?

The (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health (JH) explain:

“It can take around six months to find the right MHT. Once you’ve found an MHT that works for you, it’s important to review it with your doctor each year”.2

The (United Kingdom) Women’s Health Concern also note:

“Women on HRT should be re-assessed by their doctor at least annually”.3

NICE Guideline

What does the NICE Guideline note about Reviewing Your Care?

In Menopause: Diagnosis and Management – Information for the Public: Reviewing Your Care the (British) National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) elaborate on:

“You may be having different treatments or therapies to help your menopausal symptoms. To see whether treatment is helping you should be offered review appointments every 3 months to start with. If you are not having any problems you should then have appointments once a year. You should be offered an earlier review if you need it, for example if treatment no longer seems to be working or is causing side effects.

It is also important to keep going to all your routine health screening appointments (for example, breast and cervical screening)”.4

Health Care Provider

How do I decided whether or not to continue HT?

To decide whether or not to continue using HT it may be in your best interest to choose to talk to your health care provider about this.

In the Hormone Therapy: Is It Right for You: Who Can Benefit From Hormone Therapy? the (United States) Mayo Clinic note:

Hormone Therapy Follow Up

  • “Seek regular follow-up care. See your doctor regularly to ensure that the benefits of hormone therapy continue to outweigh the risks, and for screenings such as mammograms and pelvic exams”.5

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  1. Menopause: Diagnosis and Management – Information for the Public: Reviewing Your Care. Published Date: 12 November 2015. Last Updated: 05 December 2019. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/NG23/ifp/chapter/Reviewing-your-care Accessed: 31 August 2022
  2. Menopause Management Options: Menopausal Hormone Therapy (MHT) – How Long Do You Need To Take MHT? Last Updated: 31 August 2022 | Last Reviewed: 19 August 2022. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://www.jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/menopause/menopause-management Accessed: 31 August 2022
  3. HRT Benefits and Risks: In Summary. Reviewed November 2020. Women’s Health Concern https://www.womens-health-concern.org/help-and-advice/factsheets/hrt-know-benefits-risks/ Accessed: 31 August 2022
  4. Menopause: Diagnosis and Management – Information for the Public: Reviewing Your Care. Published Date: 12 November 2015. Last Updated: 05 December 2019. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/NG23/ifp/chapter/Reviewing-your-care Accessed: 31 August 2022
  5. Hormone Therapy: Is It Right for You? 03 June 2022. Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/menopause/in-depth/hormone-therapy/art-20046372 Accessed: 31 August 2022
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