I hope it's ok to ask this question here, although it's not strictly thyroid-related. My question is about HRT and peri-menopause.
When I went to see my first Hertoghe doctor in Belgium, in late 2011, I was 42 years old and was put on both progesterone (Utrogestan) and Estrogel; the former to be taken from day 15-25 of cycle, and the latter from day 5-25 of cycle.
I have done much better on those supplements and, when I don't take them, I feel considerably worse. So it's obvious that I need them. I guess I have been messed up ever since I was diagnosed with mononucleosis in 1995 and then, five years later, with Hashimoto's and hypothyroidism...looking back, it seems I never fully recovered from that, although most people who have no idea would probably say I have looked fine all along...
However, I have read over and over again that you should not take HRT for more than five years, or the risk of breast cancer increases; it's said to increase even more if you take E + P, although the Hertoghe doctors claim you should never take just E, always the two together...so now I'm feeling pretty confused. I'm 47, and it's obvious that I'm now peri-menopausal. After being absent for almost two years, my bleedings are back, regular, but much more sparse than before. I have no problems with that. It's just that...there is so much conflicting information about HRT, and what the Hertoghe doctors say is not necessarily in line with other information out there...which is why I'd be very grateful to hear from others who have used HRT...did it help you and, if so, how long did you stay on it, if you weaned off it, why, how have you been doing since, etc?