What is Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)?

Hormone Replacement Therapy or HRT is a form of treatment used to counterattack the unpleasant and distressing effects of the menopause for women in their middle years.  HRT is named as such because it replaces the natural female hormones which decline in middle age causing some difficult and uncomfortable symptoms which can be very disruptive to normal everyday life.  HRT treatment comes in many different forms including oral medication and patches.  Buy Estraderm MX Patches and Oestrogel online in the UK from Pharmacy Planet’s professional and rapid pharmacy service.

HRT treatment aims to replace the hormones which naturally decline as women age.  This process is called the menopause and is sometimes also referred to as, ‘the change’. 

What difficulties can women encounter during the menopause?
There are a number of unpleasant physical side effects which occur as the natural levels of the female hormones reduce in the body.  These can include:-

  • Night sweats or hot flushes which can disrupt sleep for months if not years
  • Panic attacks and anxiety
  • Mood swings
  • Vaginal dryness
  • A reduced sex drive

HRT treatment can reduce many of these side effects by topping up the level of hormones.  The symptoms associated with the menopause do eventually pass but they can last a longer period of time and make it difficult for women to function normally and effectively in their day-to-day lives.

The types of HRT treatment available are quite varied and each woman will need to find the right type of treatment for her based on the consultations with her GP.  There are also some side effects which means that HRT treatment is not suitable for every woman.

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