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Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is used to relieve the symptoms of the menopause. Whilst we no longer offer HRT treatment through this service, our doctors have put together some useful information on the options available to you.

About Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)

What is the menopause?

In the UK, the average age for women to reach the menopause is 51. Your body will begin to produce less oestrogen and progesterone, preventing ovulation and leading to uncomfortable symptoms including hot flushes and mood swings. 

How Hormone Replacement Therapy works

Hormone Replacement Therapy involves temporarily introducing oestrogen and progesterone (the hormones that decrease in production during the menopause) back into the body. This can be done in a number of ways, including oral tablets, patches, creams, gels, vaginal rings and implants.

When to stop taking HRT

HRT should be seen as a short-term treatment and women are advised to stop HRT treatment once their menopausal symptoms have stopped. This can be anywhere between two to five years after starting treatment. Women can try gradually reducing the dose of their treatment, rather than stopping it suddenly. Speak to your GP to for more information on how and when to stop HRT treatment.