Hello, I’m Dr. Tabatha, your go-to expert for everything related to women’s health. With my triple board certification in OB/GYN and functional medicine, my goal is to empower you with essential insights into your wellness journey. Today, we’re diving into a common query: “How long should I stay on Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)?”

The Duration Dilemma: Listening to Your Body

Short Answer: As Long as It Benefits You.

Many of you have asked me about the ideal length of time for undergoing HRT. The answer isn’t one-size-fits-all. The duration of HRT is highly personal, depending on how it makes you feel and its impact on your aging process. Whether you’re managing menopause symptoms or focusing on preventive health, the primary goal is to enhance your life quality.

Understanding Bio-Identical Hormones

Bio-identical hormones are key to a successful HRT. They closely mimic the hormones naturally produced by your body, offering a more natural approach to hormone therapy. Available in various forms—creams, patches, pills, gels, trochees, or pellets—these hormones provide widespread benefits, from mood regulation to physical health maintenance.

What Happens When You Stop HRT?

Stopping HRT means your body loses the external hormone supply, leading to a decrease in the beneficial effects you were enjoying. This transition can affect your cardiovascular system, bone density, cognitive function, and more, reintroducing symptoms you might have thought were in the past.

The Myth of Hormone “Poverty”

A state of hormone deprivation, or what I like to call “hormone poverty,” mirrors menopause’s challenges. It can lead to increased risks of heart disease, osteoporosis, and cognitive decline. Maintaining hormone balance through HRT can be crucial in preventing these issues.

Long-Term Perspective on HRT

Forget the outdated notion that HRT is only a short-term solution. Many women continue to thrive on HRT well into their later years, enjoying the benefits without the constraints of a predetermined timeline.

Conclusion: Embrace Your Wellness Journey

Considering HRT isn’t about adhering to a strict timeline but about enhancing your overall well-being for as long as it serves you. Reject outdated myths and embrace a life enriched by hormone balance.

Let’s Continue the Conversation

HRT is a complex topic, but it’s also a crucial aspect of women’s health. If you have more questions or want to share your experiences, I’m here to listen and guide. Together, we can navigate the path to informed and empowered health choices.


Dr. Tabatha

Have you been considering going off your hormone replacement (HRT)? Think again! Hormone replacement therapy can have profound effects on everything from your bone density to your immune system. The place it impacts the most is your pelvic area and vagina! Whether it’s a cream, patch, or pellet, the right HRT can be the key to maintaining the life you enjoy while keeping the dreaded “hormone poverty” at bay. 

In this episode, I share if there actually is a certain amount of time you should stay on hormone replacements, what can happen if you stop taking them, and how they might be the thing that keeps you from truly aging post menopause!