Our expert says:
If at all possible, could you please phone me at the Osteoporosis Foundation -tel 021 9317894
I need to know what the reading on your scan showed and also a few other things like weight, calcium intake etc.
Your concerns regarding HRT are quite valid and our stance at NOFSA is that although HRT is still the best way to prevent post-menopausal osteoporosis, it is not suitable for everyone.
The risk of uterine cancer is only increased if Estrogen is taken without added progesterone in patients who still have their uterus intact. If you have a history of DVT or other vascular problems, it is not suitable for you.
The risk of breast cancer increases after 5-10 years on HRT and it is therefore recommended that you have annual mammograms and regular breast examinations while you are on HRT (this is important even if you are not on HRT).
Natural alternatives like phyto estrogens etc may have a beneficial effect on the symptoms of the menopause, but we have no conclusive evidence as yet that it is at all beneficial to bones.
Luckily there are many other treatment options for osteoporosis and you don't have to take hormones. This is a decision that needs to be taken by you after discussion with your doctor.
Hope this helps, but I would like to speak to you.
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