Ask the Experts – August 2014

Published: August 24, 2014

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Dear Red Hot Mamas Experts,

Hi, I just began HRT a month ago. All my symptoms have disappeared but the past few days I have been cramping and bloated. I fell like this short lived and will go away. I just need someone to say this is normal as today is Saturday and my drs office is closed. Love this web site red hot mamas! Thanks in advance!

Dear Susan, 

It is common to have some symptoms like bloating when you start HRT, but it’s difficult for me to be really specifically say this is “normal” as i don’t know your history, your dosage, or other specific information to answer the question. Your body will have to get used to being on hormones and so there are often some noticeable changes such as bloating, breast tenderness, and even mild cramping. There may be some spotting. 

The good new is, it is unlikely to be anything bad. But call your doctor when the office reopens and discuss with him or her as they will have more of the details to tailor the answer just for you.