HRT Shortage: You are not alone.
While I don't want to dwell solely on my personal difficulties, I recognize that many others are also facing similar struggles. Obtaining a diagnosis for my early menopause symptoms, or 'peri' as it's officially known, took four long years. Fortunately, I was fortunate enough to come across a specialist in HRT and Nutrition.
After diagnosis and the prescription of HRT patches, it took an additional two years for my body and mind to adjust and find a sense of balance. Throughout this entire process, I have encountered challenges in managing my body weight. Therefore, when there is a shortage of HRT, regardless of the reason, it becomes a major cause for concern for me (and not to mention, my husband!).
As someone who tackles challenges head-on and maintains a positive attitude, I can't help but express my frustration. Isn't it already enough that individuals with female reproductive organs have to bear the cost of expensive sanitary products to manage one of nature's miracles? Yet, when we are no longer capable of fulfilling this role, we must also bear the cost of medication to deal with the aftermath. Moreover, it feels as though ensuring the availability of this medication to those who need it is not truly prioritized, regardless of the financial aspect.
Ladies, I want to say that I understand your frustration regarding the HRT shortage and the challenges you've faced with menopause.
It's incredibly frustrating that a medication crucial for managing menopausal symptoms is not readily available for those who need it. Menopause affects a significant portion of the population, and ensuring a stable supply of HRT should be a priority.
While you continue to search for a reliable supply, here are some tips I've found helpful for coping with hormonal changes:
1. Listen to your body and don't push yourself too hard when exercising. Rest when needed.
2. When you feel up to exercising, don't be too hard on yourself if you need breaks. Try the "push till you can't, rest till you can" method for short intervals.
3. Prioritize self-care activities like taking a hot bath or practicing mindfulness and breathing over work-related events or extra meetings.
4. Let go of some household tasks or commitments occasionally to lighten your load.
5. Allow yourself to go to bed early, whether it's to relax with a book or spend time with a loved one. It may help compensate for all the disrupted sleep during the night.
6. Find a peaceful outdoor spot like a hill, empty beach or open space, take a deep breath, and release your emotions by screaming or shouting into the wind.
Trust me - It can be surprisingly cathartic.
Remember, you're not alone in this experience. Keep advocating for your needs and exploring options for obtaining the medication you require.