What is Hormone Replacement Therapy
HRT is the most effective way of treating menopause symptoms, and, if started within 10 years of reaching menopause, it will also provide a protective effect on the cardiovascular system, bone health, and diabetes.
HRT is a treatment that includes the use of oestrogen, progesterone and sometimes, testosterone. The type of HRT you require will be individualised to your circumstances and medical health. However, if you still have a uterus then you will need to use progesterone in addition to oestrogen. This is because oestrogen acts to thicken the womb lining, thus increasing the risk of endometrial cancer. Progesterone keeps the womb lining thin, thereby negating this risk.
Testosterone is sometimes used if you are still having symptoms of low sexual desire despite having had HRT treatment for several months. Although testosterone isn’t licenced for this use within the UK it can still be safely prescribed and can provide an effective treatment for low sexual desire.