I am a 47 years old female with average build up. I am 5 feet and weigh 8 stones. I don't know whether these details are relevant. But what I meant to, was to give a short description about my health. Recently, I started getting hot flashes, continually and many times a day. Even though they occur at times, they are quite bearable and not too severe. My last period was about 40 days before, in January itself. I have been taking a healthy diet because of high cholesterol level and used to do regular exercises also. I also try to take foods with high calcium levels also. Is there anything, I should do, to attain menopause? I have heard of HRT and am worried about its side effects, even if I don’t know whether I need it or not. How to find whether it is needed or not? Should I consult with my GP for checking hormone levels or take some tests? I have had IVF twice and also could not have children. When I was at my twenties, I used to be on pills regularly. Recently I underwent hysterectomy and removed endometrial polyp which was benign. I also used to have recurring polyps before, in cervix. My Gynecologist thinks that I might have had endometriosis before but haven’t suggested anything special for that. And the reason for my infertility was due to some problems with husband. In my mid-thirties, I had IVF done. Before that, I became pregnant once, when I was 23, and had a TOP at 8/52. I read some magazines and they left me with nothing but confusion about having HRT. In those magazines, it says that, almost all wives of doctors perform this and that made me think that there is something which they rely on. I would also like to know whether there are any relationships with heart problems, breast cancer and osteoporosis.I used to work with a gynecologist as a PA. She was specializing in cancers and knew about ovarian cancer and drugs. I use to take Citalopram for severe and panic attacks. I also use Seretide50 inhaler.