Many women seek medical help to deal with the symptoms associated with the menopause. These may include hot flushes, sleep disturbance and vaginal problems, all of which can be relieved by using Hormone Replacement Therapy.
The name of the medication is self explanatory – it works by topping up the levels of oestrogen which naturally start to decline during the menopause.
The Types of Hormone Replacement Therapy
There are three main types, which will be prescribed depending on your condition:
- oestrogen-only HRT is for women who have had a hysterectomy;
- cyclical HRT combines oestrogen and progesterone and is designed for women who are experiencing menopausal symptoms but still have periods;
- continuous HRT is for post-menopausal women.
Hormone Replacement Therapy can be administered as a cream, a tablet, an implant or a skin patch. It is simple to use and many women find it can dramatically improve their quality of life. However, long term use of HRT (for longer than five years) is not recommended and Mr Broome is happy to discuss the associated risks on an individual basis.