The average age of the menopause in the UK is 51 but women can experience symptoms before and after this.
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a treatment to relieve symptoms of the menopause and replaces hormones that are at a lower level as you approach the menopause.
The main benefits of HRT are that it can help relieve symptoms such as:
- Hot flushes
- Night sweats
- Mood swings
- Vaginal dryness
- And reduced sex drive
Many of these symptoms pass after a few years, but they can be unpleasant and taking HRT can offer relief for many women.
It can also help prevent weakening of the bones (osteoporosis), which is more common after the menopause.
Some types of HRT can increase your risk of breast cancer and blood clots although the benefits of HRT are generally believed to outweigh the risks.
Please see the NHS choice information pages on HRT which contains lots of information about the benefits, risks, different types of HRT and also alternatives.
To discuss the menopause and its management further please call the surgery to book a telephone call with a GP.