“Are hormones right for me? Why?
What are the benefits?
What are the serious risks and common side effects?”1

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

  • Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) Questions To Ask
  • Hormone Therapy (HT) Questions To Ask
  • Menopausal Hormone Therapy (MHT) Questions To Ask
  • Menopause and Hormones Common Questions
  • Menopause and Hormones Questions To Ask Your Doctor

Questions

What are questions to ask about hormone therapy (HT)?

In Menopause: Medicines To Help You: Important Questions To Ask About Menopause Hormone Medicines the (United States) Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) include:

Hormone Therapy Questions To Ask

  • “Are hormones right for me? Why?
  • What are the benefits?
  • What are the serious risks and common side effects?
  • How long should I use hormone therapy?
  • What is the lowest dose that will work for me?
  • Are there any non-hormone medicines that I can take?”2

In the NICE Guideline Menopause: Diagnosis and Management – Information for the Public: Questions To Ask About Menopause – Treatment for Menopausal Symptoms the (British) National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), include these and more questions:

  • “What types of treatment are suitable for my symptoms?
  • What are the benefits and risks of different treatments?
  • Are there any complementary therapies that could help?
  • I use complementary therapies for my symptoms – are these safe to take alongside other treatments?
  • If I already take an antidepressant, will that affect any treatments I can try for mood changes during menopause?
  • Can you tell me why you are recommending hormone replacement therapy (HRT)?
  • If I don’t want to take HRT, or can’t for medical reasons, what other treatments are there?…”.3

In Menopause Treatment: Questions For Your Healthcare Provider the (United States) Endocrine Society include:

  • “What do you think are possible triggers for my hot flashes?
  • Are there any lifestyle or dietary interventions that may diminish my symptoms?
  • Should I consider medication for treatment of my symptoms? Hormonal or non-hormonal?
  • If you are interested in hormonal therapy: Am I a good candidate for hormonal therapy, specifically are my cardiovascular and breast cancer risks low?
  • Which lifestyle changes can I make that will decrease my menopause symptoms without medicine?
  • Are there any alternative medicine treatments you would recommend I try for relief of my menopause symptoms?
  • Are there any alternative medicines I should not use because they could interfere with medicines I take?”4

In Estrogen & Hormones: Overview – Here Are Some Questions You Can Ask Yourself and Discuss With Your Physician the (United States) Cleveland Clinic include:

  • “Am I experiencing difficult menopause symptoms?
  • Do I have any medical conditions or a family history of certain conditions that might make HRT beneficial for me?
  • Do I have any medical conditions or a family history of certain conditions that might make HRT riskier for me?
  • Have I considered alternatives to HRT?”5

Health Care Provider

How long can HT be used for?

In Menopause: Menopause – Hormone Treatments the FDA remind us:

“Menopause Hormone Therapy should always be used at the lowest dose that helps and for the shortest time that you need it”.6

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  1. Menopause: Medicines To Help You – Important Questions To Ask About Menopause Hormone Medicines. Content Current As of: 22 August 2019. Food and Drug Administration https://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ByAudience/ForWomen/ucm118627.htm Accessed: 01 June 2022
  2. Menopause: Medicines To Help You – Important Questions To Ask About Menopause Hormone Medicines. Content Current As of 22 August 2019. Food and Drug Administration https://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ByAudience/ForWomen/ucm118627.htm Accessed: 01 June 2022
  3. Menopause: Diagnosis and Management – Information for the Public: Questions To Ask About Menopause – Treatment for Menopausal Symptoms. 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/Questions-to-ask-about-menopause Accessed: 01 June 2022
  4. Menopause Treatment: Questions for Your Healthcare Provider. Last Updated: 23 January 2022. Endocrine Society https://www.endocrine.org/patient-engagement/endocrine-library/menopause-treatment Accessed: 01 June 2022
  5. Estrogen & Hormones: Overview – Here Are Some Questions You Can Ask Yourself and Discuss With Your Physician. Last Reviewed: 29 April 2019. Cleveland Clinic https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/16979-estrogen–hormones/post-menopausal-hormone-replacement-therapy Accessed: 01 June 2022
  6. Menopause: Menopause – Hormone Treatments. Content Current As of: 22 August 2019. Food and Drug Administration https://www.fda.gov/consumers/womens-health-topics/menopause Accessed: 01 June 2022

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