Hormone replacement therapy HRT

HRT is used to treat the symptoms of the menopause. It aims to raise the levels of female hormones to offset the reduction in hormone levels as the menopause approaches and beyond.

Benefits to taking HRT:

  • Very effective method of controlling menopausal symptoms.
  • Can make a significant difference to a woman’s quality of life and wellbeing.
  • HRT can also reduce a woman’s risk of developing osteoporosis and cancer of the colon and rectum. However, long-term use is rarely recommended, and bone density will decrease after HRT is stopped.

Risks to taking HRT:

  • Slightly increases the risk of developing breast cancer, womb cancer, ovarian cancer and stroke.
  • Increases your risks of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (blockage in the pulmonary artery). Other medicines are available to treat osteoporosis that do not carry the same level of associated risk.

Most experts agree that if HRT is used on a short-term basis (no more than five years), the benefits outweigh the risks.(NHS CHOICES)

If HRT is taken for longer, particularly for more than 10 years, you should discuss your individual risks with your GP and review them yearly.

If you have been prescribed HRT previously you can re-order the products below using our touchwood pharmacy service:

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