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Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) - The HeaRT of the Matter

Posted May 14 2009 4:35pm
I was getting my hair done a couple years ago at my favorite salon, along with five other women 'of an age', when talk turned to the Change. Most of us were loudly proclaiming our favorite natural remedies and fixes. The woman in the chair adjacent to mine finally spoke up apologizing to the roomful of menopausal goddesses for having caved , finally starting HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy)..

It's just that I couldn't sleep, she told us shamefacedly. I couldn't sleep at all. I was so tired I couldn t function. And nothing else worked. We all leapt in to assure her that there was no need to feel guilty. The risk-benefit ratio seemed pretty clear to all of us. Underscored for us was that we women need to support one another through this process rather than judge anyone, including ourselves.

But I have to admit that I was feeling pretty smug and blessed that I was coping without HRT. My symptoms were manageable. What s that thing they say goeth before a fall? Oh yeah, pride. I no longer have a surplus of that. I eventually ended up on low dose HRT myself. And honestly, I wish I d taken it sooner.
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