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Like any medication, the hormones used in hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can sometimes have side effects.
Any side effects usually improve over time, so it's a good idea to persevere with treatment for at least three months if possible.
Speak to your GP if you experience severe side effects or they continue for longer than three months.
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The main side effects associated with taking oestrogen include:
These side effects will often pass in a few weeks, but the following measures may help relieve some of them in the meantime:
If side effects persist, your GP may recommend switching to a different way of taking oestrogen (for example, changing from a tablet to a patch), changing the specific medication you're taking, or lowering your dose.
The main side effects associated with taking progestogen include:
As with side effects of oestrogen, these will usually pass in a few weeks,
If they persist, your GP may recommend switching to a different way of taking progestogen, changing the specific medication you're taking, or lowering your dose.
Many women believe that taking HRT will make them put on weight, but there's no evidence to support this claim.
You may gain some weight during the menopause, but this often happens regardless of whether you take HRT.
Read about the risks of HRT for more information.