If you are taking, or considering HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) there are some Dos and Don’t

There are a wide variety of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) options available for women today. The different hormone delivery systems include pills, patches, creams, and more, as well as bio-identicals, synthetics, and a combination of the two. HRT can be purchased pre-made, or you can choose to have it created specifically for you by a compounding pharmacy.

Whatever you choose, there are some simple do’s and don’ts you should follow to help ensure your HRT works effectively for you and your needs.


  • Use your HRT as directed.
  • Tell your doctor about side effects.
  • Let your doctor know if menopause symptoms continue.
  • Talk to your doctor about your  HRT questions and concerns..
  • Ask your doctor how long you should take your HRT.
  • If there are hormone, health or cancer risks in your family, share them with your doctor.
  • Tell your doctor if you have had a blood clot.
  • Discuss any liver issues with your doctor, especially if you will be using oral HRT.
  • Use the lowest dose possible.
  • Keep your HRT in a safe location away from children and pets.
  • Be as healthy as possible while using HRT–eat well, exercise regularly, manage stress, etc.
  • Be patient–it can take time to find the right HRT regime for you.


  • Don’t adjust your dose without talking to your doctor.
  • Don’t quit using your HRT without talking to your doctor.
  • Don’t use supplements without talking to your doctor.
  • Don’t eat, drink, or use grapefruit without talking to your doctor.
  • Don’t consume alcohol without talking to your doctor.
  • Don’t smoke.
  • Don’t let your HRT get too hot or too cold–store it as directed.
  • Don’t let others come in contact with your topical HRT.
  • Don’t settle for a doctor who will not work with you.
  • Don’t give up!

Finding the right HRT regime is essential for helping you feel your best and managing surgical menopause and health risks effectively. Working with a compassionate and understanding medical team can be crucial as well. Finally, it is important to use HRT responsibly to minimize side effects for you and those around you.


Browse through the HysterSisters Menopause and Hormone Articles with  information to help de-fog the hormone confusion with specific information for oopherectomy (ovary removal): Estrogen choices, breast cancer and HRT, how to tell if your ovaries are working, and more. 

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.  Reprinted with permission: Do This – Not That:  Managing Your HRT

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