Menopause and HRT
A vitally important area of gynaecology that is often accidentally disregarded is menopause treatment and the option of HRT, otherwise known as Hormone Replacement Therapy or hormone treatment.
What is the Menopause?
When a woman reaches a point in her life when she stops having periods it is called the menopause. This usually happens to most women between the ages of 45 and 55 although there are cases of women entering the menopause when they are younger than 45. Usually, periods gradually become less frequent over a timescale of several months or years and then eventually they stop completely.
The menopause can generally last for about four years following your last period, though some women suffer menopause symptoms for longer.
During this four year time frame, several hormones drop to considerably low levels, resulting in issues that include:
- Reduced libido
- Mood swings or anxiety
- Vaginal dryness
- Night sweats
- Hot flushes
While these symptoms are only temporary, they can be present in rather extreme and disruptive levels, causing problems in your day-to-day life. Permanent health complaints can result from the menopause too, such as osteoporosis – or weakening of the bones. HRT treatment can help to prevent or minimalise all of these problems.
Menopause and HRT
Who can take HRT?
HRT is suitable for use by most women, but occasionally there may be a reason why you are not eligible for HRT treatment. If this is the case the MAS Gynaecology are more than happy to use their expertise to advise on any alternatives to HRT.
You may not be eligible to use HRT if:
- You have high blood pressure
- You have a medical history of blood clots
- You have a medical history of womb, ovarian or breast cancer
- You have a liver disease
- You are pregnant – it’s still possible to get pregnant while on HRT, so you should use contraception until two years after your last period if you’re under 50 or for one year after the age of 50
Types of HRT
Because there are two main kinds of HRT – oestrogen and progestogen. HRT involves taking oestrogen on its own on in combination with progestogen. The ways to use HRT are as follows:
- Skin Patches
- Tablets, Creams or Gels
- Implants which release HRT slowly over time
- Rings or Pessaries
MAS Gynaecology’s consultants offers sensitive and highly professional counselling for this and other menopause treatments. You’ll be in safe hands as you tackle what can often be an unsteady or difficult period of a woman’s life with abundant sympathetic and discreet support from our specialists.