Kay - 58
I suffered from uterine fibroids and had a uterine embolisation in 2015. One year later I had my first experience of a hot flush. I was perimenopausal and saw a specialist who talked about HRT – but I was worried about the safety of HRT and I chose not to take it. I was given sertraline instead, but the hot flushes worsened and eventually I was having them almost hourly around the clock.
That's when I talked to Dr Linda Dear about HRT and I was put on a course of oestrogen patches and progesterone oral medicine and was reassured that the latest research showed that patches were safe and the flushes disappeared over the next few weeks. I did try some women's hormone support (DIM from cruciferous vegetables) natural formula capsules too but didn't have any real effect. I am now on micronised progesterone and I'm free from hot flushes and have quality of life back as I was despairing when the hot flushes were raging.
Dr Linda has been a wonderful support explaining how the HRT works and it's safety and the latest trials and I'm in a very happy place now thanks to her advice and support.
Beverley - 53
I started menopause when I was 43 years old. I found the sweats and hot flushes absolutely debilitating, never mind my mood swings and extreme brain fog. I tried many natural remedies and kept thinking/hoping that things would get better but it wasn't until Dr Dear put me on HRT two years ago that I realised how bad things had gotten for me.
Dr Linda listened to me, really listened to me and understood what I was going through. Her kind demeanour and approach made me feel that I wasn't going crazy. She explained all the options and together we agreed on a way forward. All I can say now is that I wish I had started HRT sooner.
Laura - 51
Before HRT I was really struggling with many perimenopause symptoms. Fatigue, hot flushes, aching joints, insomnia and mood swings made every day tasks sometimes feel impossible.
My Doctor started me on HRT and the effects were almost instant. I felt more in control of my moods, the hot flushes were almost nonexistent, I slept better at nights and my joints didn’t ache anymore. HRT definitely helped me be more like the person I was before menopause.
Tania - 50
After suffering with Endometriosis for 10 years and an early hysterectomy at the age of 32, I struggled to find the support I needed from my doctors. HRT worked, but with so many stories out on the web, it was hard to convince my doctors to leave me on it. I had friends in Naturopathy who also had an opinion.
At 50 my research aligned with Dr Dear and the great information coming out of England. After that one consult I have been feeling so much better. Linda understands the struggles that we are facing when our hormone levels drop and the impacts that it can cause in our future health.
Caroline - 61
I first noticed symptoms in my early 50s, these quickly progressed from the occasional minor hot flush to debilitating night sweats, inability to sleep and low moods. I found it very difficult to get clear information and was surprised at the lack of knowledge amongst some of the health professionals I reached out to for information – for example a mainstream GP who had never prescribed HRT.
Eventually I was referred to a specialist in the field who was able to (in plain English) explain what I was going through and in consultation with me, identified the appropriate treatment regime. I began using HRT patches and had a Mirena IUD fitted to release the progesterone. In a very short time, my quality of life was profoundly improved. The negative symptoms disappeared – I sleep better, don’t have hot flushes and have more positive energy.