HRT is medication aimed at relieving the symptoms that some women experience during the menopause transition, also known as the change of life. These symptoms could include hot flushes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, tiredness and irritability, and decreased sex drive. HRT works by replacing the hormone (oestrogen) that your body stops producing when you go through the menopause or when you have had surgery to remove your ovaries.
The Irish College of General Practitioners has produced a series of short videos about the menopause, the peri-menopause and HRT, to answer the most common questions raised by patients. These useful videos can be accessed here Menopause Patient Information – ICGP News
If you wish to discuss your menopause transition and the possibility of starting HRT, our doctors will discuss your age, symptoms and medical conditions before looking at the risks and benefits of HRT which are specific to you. You can do this by making an appointment for a dedicated Menopause Consultation to explore your options. You may find it helpful to look at the following fact sheet which gives a good overview of HRT in advance of your consultation: HRT | Women’s Health Concern (womens-health-concern.org)
Although there have been concerns raised about HRT and the potential risks to various aspects of women’s health, more recently published findings show that although not entirely risk free, it remains the most effective solution for the relief of menopausal symptoms and is also effective for the prevention of osteoporosis. It may in certain age groups provide protection against heart disease.
This leaflet outlines the benefits and risks: HRT: Benefits and risks | Women’s Health Concern (womens-health-concern.org)
In addition the following infographic (WHC-UnderstandingRisksofBreastCancer-MARCH2017.pdf (womens-health-concern.org)) may help you to understand the risk of breast cancer for women taking HRT in comparison to lifestyle risk factors.
For the majority of women who use HRT for the short-term treatment of symptoms of the menopause transition, the benefits of treatment are considered to outweigh the risks. All of our doctors adhere to latest evidence based recommendations which provide clarity around the role of HRT and its benefits for you.