Ladies, please don't discount the benefits of HRT. I did. I thought that because I had no physical symptoms I didn't need it. Eventually taking it after much research and encouragement, it has completely changed my riding life for the better. I am not what I was at 30, but no-one is. I am, however, a better version of myself than I was without it and am back out competing again. If you don't get satisfaction from your GP, please refer to Newson Health online for guidance on how to approach things with your GP.
I second this.
I was never particularly keen on jumping and not competitive. Physical symptoms were mostly negligible. I bought myself a truly sensible mare as my 56th birthday present to myself to hack on, and thoroughly enjoyed her.
However, 10 yrs on I have been diagnosed with osteoporosis, despite an active life-style with horses and dogs at home. I am rather cross with the NHS treatment of peri/menopausal women, as the broken leg last October was my 3rd lower limb break in 13 yrs and I had to ask, repeatedly, for a bone density check. Please take care of your bones by checking whether you need to take additional calcium and Vit D and maybe discuss HRT with your GP. A friend of a similar age did take HRT for a few years but then gave it up to take anti-depressants, following a difficult few years. She has now been diagnosed with osteopenia (precursor to osteoporosis) and wishes that she had gone back on the HRT after the depression was sorted.