Another very tricky topic.
I know of people who have gone on HRT and gained significant amounts of weight. I have a friend who went on HRT and didn’t gain a pound.
My male GP is very against HRT. I don’t particularly want to take it, so that doesn’t bother me – although I do find it a little strange that a man is standing in the way of a woman and HRT.
I am lucky in that I am not suffering particularly with menopause. I wasn’t getting hot flushes, but my temperature control went all out of whack, for which I started taking sage, which almost immediately solved the problem.
I have had significant joint and muscle problems which I had no idea might be related to menopause, but are apparently very common during menopause. This might explain why the disk in my jaw slipped – see my post My weight and diet history – last year. I contemplated insisting on HRT to see if that would improve the situation, but was worried about adding anything else to the mix when I was already on so much medication. I have managed to heal the problems I was having with my shoulders, knees and hips using supplements, collagen and Alexander Technique-esque adjustments to posture and movement. Sadly, they haven’t really impacted on my Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction & Trigeminal Neuralgia.
So HRT – I honestly don’t know.