How much oestrogen should I use?

Last month the British Menopause Society made a really important statement in relation to women using higher than prescribed doses of estrogens. This is a worrying trend that we see in the clinic very often. Many patients are under the impression that estrogen use is entirely “safe” and that you can increase the dose as much as you like depending on how you feel. While we all agree that HRT use is beneficial for most women, it is essential to remember that it is a medical treatment and needs to be used under medical supervision. There are particular medical reasons for that, so please get advice from qualified medical professionals regarding your menopause treatment. The main points of this statement are: 👉The British Menopause Society is aware that high doses of oestrogen are being provided routinely to women in some private clinics. This could increase the risk of abnormal bleeding requiring investigation, endometrial hyperplasia and endometrial cancer. 👉Some symptoms, such as low mood and anxiety may have other causes and may require additional treatments. 👉Higher doses of estrogen require a higher amount of progestogen to ensure adequate endometrial protection

Read the full statement here: BMS statement

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