Meno 101 -

Ask an OB/GYN: "Is it too late to start taking HRT at 60?"

Lyndsey Harper, MD has your answer.

By Womaness Editors   1-Minute Read

Ask an Expert menopause series with Dr. Lyndsey Harper

Welcome to ASK AN EXPERT, a series where we pose your real questions to our menopause experts for the intel you need. Need an answer? Post your question on The After Party, our private Facebook Group.


Your Question:

“Is it too late to start taking hormone therapy at age 60?


The Answer:

From Dr. Lyndsey Harper, Board-Certified OB/GYN & founder/CEO of Rosy: "That's a really good question. In the much-discussed Women's Health Initiative (WHI) study, the patient population they researched was that age.

The average age of menopause is 51, and the definition of menopause is "no period for a year," if you have a uterus and were having periods prior.

When we talk about the difference between 51—say that's the time you went through menopause—and 60, there's a pretty significant delta there. What's happened during that time is that your body has gotten used to that lower level of hormones.

In the WHI study, where the study population started hormones at around 60, they noticed side effects. [Read about them here.]

The answer to the question is yes, it's a different risk profile if you start 10 years or so after menopause than if you were to start around the time menopause."


Get More Answers 

Ask a Pelvic Heath Expert: "Kegels in menopause: How many (and how often)?"
Ask a Sleep Expert: "How can I calm a racing mind at night?"
Ask a Doctor: "Why does sex hurt in menopause?"

Disclaimer: This article is intended for informational purposes and is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a physician. Womaness strives to share the knowledge and advice from our network of experts and our own research. We encourage you to make healthcare decisions in partnership with a qualified healthcare professional.