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“The HRT crisis proves that women’s health is not taken seriously and is a matter of life and death” – Rachael Bletchly

Devastated by the nationwide HRT shortage, tens of thousands are desperately clinging to their dwindling supplies of estrogel, with some turning to the black market for help and, at worst, some suicidal, says Rachael Bletchly

Mariella Frostrup, Carolyn Harris MP, Penny Lancaster and Davina McCall, who support the Private Menopause Members Bill, in Westminster
Mariella Frostrup, Carolyn Harris MP, Penny Lancaster and Davina McCall, who support the Private Menopause Members Bill, in Westminster

When I was 20 I went to the doctor because I had decided to go on the pill.

I expected him to explain the risks and go through the alternatives.

But not to ask me if I have a boyfriend and sniff: “The best contraceptive is the word NO.”

A decade later, when I was experiencing debilitating period pains, a family doctor told me, “That’s why they call it the curse, dear” and suggested a hot water bottle.

“And in my 40s, I was told that gynecological problems were ‘just’ perimenopause.

But a private doctor determined I had adenomyosis, so I underwent a hysterectomy and started HRT to prevent me from going into menopause.

I’ve been putting estrogen patches on my butt for the last 6 years and it has changed my life.

The consultant insists that I can stay with it forever.

Yet every time I’ve had a medication check with a GP, I’ve had to explain why I’m “still” taking HRT — even though the asthma and IBS meds are a given.

I feel like it’s a lifestyle choice, not a medical necessity.

More of a libido booster than a seat belt preventing me from falling off a cliff in night sweats, brain fog, joint pain, vaginal dryness and depression.

I suspect this sentiment is shared by many of the women currently trying to avoid their own menopausal crash.

Devastated by the nationwide HRT shortage, tens of thousands cling desperately to their dwindling supplies of estrogel.

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Some have bought a temporary lifeline on the black market or begged and borrowed from friends.

But tragically, many have already gone over the edge and are now feeling suicidal.

How on earth did this come about?

In 2016, half of menopausal women were still too embarrassed to talk to their doctor and felt like they just had to “endure” the symptoms.

But thanks to prominent activists like Mariella Frostrup, Davina McCall and Penny Lancaster, taboos were broken and women stopped suffering in silence.

And over the past five years, prescriptions for HRT have increased from 238,000 to 538,000 a year.

So now WE are being blamed for the deficiency because “too many” women want hormone replacement therapy.

Funny that Viagra stockpiles weren’t reported as well, isn’t it?

Or that pharmacists could still be filling statin prescriptions that have skyrocketed by 200,000 in just five months. In 2019, with my HRT patches running low, Matt Hancock insisted the government would “always act to ensure there was an adequate supply of the medicines you need”.

But they didn’t. And three years later, the new health minister had to appoint a tsar to clean up the terrible mess.

This MUST be a turning point.

The HRT crisis is clear evidence that women’s health concerns are still not being taken seriously.

But ending it has now become a matter of life and death.

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