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Let's Talk HRT

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a treatment option commonly used to alleviate the symptoms of menopause.

HRT involves taking hormones, usually oestrogen and progesterone (or sometimes oestrogen alone for women who have had a hysterectomy), to supplement the declining hormone levels that occur during menopause.

Here are some ways in which HRT can help manage menopausal symptoms:

  • Alleviation of hot flashes and night sweats: HRT is highly effective in reducing the frequency and severity of hot flashes and night sweats, which are common symptoms of menopause. Oestrogen supplementation helps regulate body temperature and can provide relief from these vasomotor symptoms.

  • Improvement in vaginal dryness and discomfort: Decreased oestrogen levels during menopause can lead to vaginal dryness, itching, and discomfort during sexual intercourse. HRT can help restore moisture to the vaginal tissues, improving these symptoms and enhancing sexual comfort.

  • Relief from mood swings and irritability: Hormonal fluctuations during menopause can contribute to mood swings, irritability, and feelings of anxiety or depression. By stabilising hormone levels, HRT can help regulate mood and alleviate these emotional symptoms.

  • Maintenance of bone health: Oestrogen plays a crucial role in maintaining bone density. As oestrogen levels decline during menopause, women become more susceptible to osteoporosis and fractures. HRT can help preserve bone density and reduce the risk of osteoporosis-related complications.

  • Improvements in sleep quality and overall well-being: Menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, and mood disturbances can disrupt sleep patterns and overall well-being. By addressing these symptoms, HRT can improve sleep quality, increase energy levels, and enhance overall quality of life.

It's important to note that HRT may not be suitable or recommended for everyone.

The decision to pursue HRT should be made in consultation with your gp who can assess individual health factors, discuss potential risks and benefits, and consider personal preferences and medical history.


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