I am Dr. Louise Newson. I am a GP and Menopause Expert in West Midlands
The main reason that people don’t take HRT is the risk of Breast Cancer. Now that’s not all types of HRT and I think it is very important that people know that. So if you have had your womb removed, as a hysterectomy, and you need only oestrogen as HRT, there is no increased risk of Breast Cancer. So that means a lot of women can very safely take HRT without worrying about the risk. The other thing is, if women are younger, so certainly premature ovarian insufficiency or early Menopause and if they go through the change they can very safely take HRT - so up until the age of 51, the average age of Menopause, without any risk of Breast Cancer.