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Is HRT safe for women with a medical condition?

Health professionals can find prescribing HRT to women with chronic medical conditions “challenging”, says a publication advising that such patients should be individually assessed before being given HRT.

In the summer issue of The Menopause Exchange newsletter, GP Dr Sarah Gray weighs up the risks and benefits of HRT in women prone to conditions like heart disease, blood clots, thyroid problems, diabetes and asthma.

She also looks at the best forms of HRT for these women, as well as any precautions that the prescribing health professionals will need to take.

Dr Gray says that while all women have to consider carefully whether or not to take HRT, this is an even harder decision for women who are particularly prone to a chronic medical condition.

In some cases, she says, HRT may increase further a woman's risk of developing that medical condition or may interfere with any medication she is taking.

“Health professionals can find it challenging when prescribing HRT to women with certain medical conditions,” says Norma Goldman, founder and director of The Menopause Exchange.

“Yet there are very few women who can't actually take HRT. What is important is that all women are assessed individually, taking into account their personal risk factors and the severity of their menopausal symptoms.”