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Starting and stopping HRT

Starting and stopping HRT

Your GP should tell you what to expect when you start taking HRT. It's common to have some vaginal bleeding in the first 3 months (for women who have a womb). If you have any unexpected bleeding in the first 3 months, tell your GP at your first review appointment. If it happens after the first 3 months tell your GP straightaway.

Stopping HRT

When you are thinking about stopping HRT you can either stop immediately or gradually reduce your dose. Your GP should give you more advice about this. You may have some menopausal symptoms again after stopping HRT, although they may return less quickly if you stop gradually.

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