Liz Earle talks about taking HRT as part of the menopause in the Daily Mail. She says that some of the old-style hormones prescribed by the NHS were derived from pregnant horses’ wee, and some private practitioners suggest that these are the only ones NHS doctors prescribe. She goes on to say:
‘But it’s simply not true. It’s perfectly possible to get naturally-derived body-identical hormones (patches and gels) from your GP. The cost to the NHS of the oestrogen gel — which I use in conjunction with a progesterone pill — is only a few pounds a month.’
(At the Menopause project we have found this not to be the case and a lot of women that we see are never told about the patches and gels by their GP)
Liz points out ‘There’s a subtle difference, incidentally, between bio-identical HRT, which is generally tailored by a specialist pharmacist to an individual woman’s needs, and body-identical HRT, which comes as a standardised product made by a pharmaceutical company’.
Also check out her recipes for HRT cake and spelt pancakes although I prefer our recipe that uses coconut oil instead of butter.