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Before prescribing any form of HRT Mr Curtis will run some blood tests to check your current hormone levels and will then sit down and discuss with you the risks and benefits of treatment to decide which type is right for you. Different forms of HRT include:
There are more than 50 different preparations of HRT and therefore finding the one that suits you and your symptoms best may not happen instantly. Your dose or even the medication itself may need to be adjusted until your symptoms are under control.
As you approach the menopause your own hormone levels will gradually start to decline which can result in unwanted and unpleasant side effects. Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is designed to replace the hormones which are no longer being produced naturally.
Oestrogen is produced by the ovaries and as well as regulating menstrual cycles, it also plays a part in maintaining bone density, regulating skin temperature and preventing vaginal dryness.
A reduction in your levels of progesterone will probably not cause as many noticeable side effects as a lack of oestrogen. However, it plays an equally important role in protecting the lining of the womb (endometrium). Therefore, if you still have your uterus (womb) when you start HRT you will probably be prescribed a combined preparation to reduce the risk of developing cancer of the uterus.
Mr Paul Curtis MBChB FRCOG