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Hormone Replacement Therapy

Dr Hilary Jones discusses HRT and the treatments available at HealthExpress
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During menopause, the ovaries stop producing an egg resulting in the loss of your period and some uncomfortable symptoms including hot flushes, sweats, headaches and mood changes. With oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone levels all becoming become affected, it's a relief to know there is effective treatment to help you through the worst of the symptoms. Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is a course of treatment that is recommended to women to replace hormones that are lost as a result of menopause. The main aim of HRT is to improve oestrogen levels, but it may also involve other hormones or compounds to compensate for lower progesterone and testosterone.

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HRT

Menopause isn't a bad experience for all women - in fact there are women that don't find the symptoms related to menopause bothersome at all - but for some women, menopause symptoms such as hot flushes, night sweats, loss of sex drive, vaginal dryness and stress incontinence can be very distressing. This drop in hormones can also lead to a drop in bone mass, which can make women more vulnerable to conditions such as osteoporosis.

Oestrogen

Oestrogen is responsible for maintaining many functions in the female body. It is also responsible for many secondary female characteristics. When oestrogen levels start falling before and during menopause, it can cause a woman to experience a number of symptoms:

  • Hot flushes
  • Changes in sex drive
  • Incontinence
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Vaginal itching
  • Night sweats
  • Loss of bone density

However, taking HRT treatment is intended to reduce the severity of many of these symptoms and to prevent osteoporosis. All HRT medications contain oestrogen or ingredients that act in a similar way once inside the body. When oestrogen is present in a HRT medication it's mostly a form of conjugated oestrogen or estradiol, which is essentially a similar type of oestrogen to that which is found inside the body, as this has been proven to be most effective at dealing with menopausal symptoms.

Other HRT treatments may also contain artificial progestogen as well as oestrogen, while a treatment known as tibolone, a steroid hormone, is able to mimic the effects of both oestrogen and progesterone and the androgen testosterone. Hormone Replacement Treatment with additional hormones such as progestogen is normally intended for women who still have a uterus.

Progesterone

As mentioned, progesterone is another female sex hormone that is produced in smaller numbers after menopause; however, it's not likely to cause as much discomfort as the loss of oestrogen. However, progesterone is very important for womb health, and if it's unable to affect the womb lining in a similar way as before menopause, it can increase a woman's risk of developing endometrial cancer. This is why artificial progesterone, also known as progestogen, may be recommended as part of HRT treatment or form part of the ingredient in the medication used.

Taking a treatment containing progestogen may require you to use different doses of treatment at different points during the menstrual cycle and may also result in bleeding.

Benefits and risks of HRT treatments

HRT is controversial, mainly because it can increase a women's risk of certain types of cancer, thromboembolism, stroke and coronary heart disease. However, part of the reason this risk increases has to do with natural aging factors as well, which is why a doctor will ensure that you are as safe as possible while using an HRT medication and that the benefits of symptomatic relief outweigh the potential risk to your health.

HRT treatments available

There are a number of different types of treatments used for HRT that all aim to improve oestrogen levels. Some contain conjugated oestrogens, tibilone or estradiol only, while others have some conjugated oestrogen and estradiol combined with artificial progestogen. Some of the most widely prescribed HRT medications available include Evorel, Elleste, Livial and Premarin. These treatments, among others, are available to buy at HealthExpress.

Is HRT available online?

HRT treatments are available online from HealthExpress to female patients who are already using these medications. Start one of our free consultations today and our doctor will assess your suitability to use these treatments and notify you when you can complete your order.

Dr Hilary Jones, HealthExpress Medical Advisor

Hormone replacement therapy

Hormone replacement therapy can be very helpful to women who are experiencing particularly uncomfortable symptoms of the menopause. This condition can be effectively treated by using one of our available treatments; including Elleste, Evorel and Kliovance. All of these treatments are clinically proven to replace hormones that are lost as a result of menopause and improve oestrogen levels. These HRT treatments are also approved by UK registered doctors and can be ordered quickly and securely online by simply filling out our online consultation form.

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