Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
The menopause can be a difficult time for both women and their families. The mood swings and uncomfortable range of feelings experienced during this time can be surprisingly debilitating, causing distress and anxiety. However, at Baddow Hospital, we wish to make this new stage of your life as comfortable as possible.
The age range for the onset of the menopause is from 45-55, when oestrogen production starts falling, the uterus stops responding and, gradually, periods stop.
However, for around ten years before and several years after the menopause, the amount of oestrogen produced from the female ovary declines; this decline varies a lot before the menopause and can result in distressing symptoms as well as erratic or heavy menstrual bleeding.
Most women experience some symptoms associated with the menopause, with most of the symptoms relating to a low level of oestrogen or fluctuations in oestrogen levels. It is not related to a ‘state of mind’ as the most determined and active women can be laid low and completely incapacitated by the symptoms, which can take them completely unawares. At Baddow Hospital in Essex, we are here to help you through this transition and make sure you can continue living your life as you always have.
The most common symptoms are: hot flushes, night sweats, unprovoked palpitations and/or panic attacks, disturbed or poor quality sleep, tiredness/chronic exhaustion, mood swings, reduced short-term memory/ poor concentration, depression, dry itchy skin, thinning hair and nails, headaches, leg cramps, weight gain in abdominal region.
What is HRT?
At Baddow Hospital, we are Essex’s experts in the field of HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy).
HRT is a replacement for the oestrogen produced by the ovaries before the menopause. The level of oestrogen in HRT is designed to reduce, or stop altogether, the symptoms of the menopause outlined above, such as hot flushes, night sweats, mood swings etc, although it does not restore oestrogen levels to pre-menopause level.
Unlike the contraceptive pill, oestrogen replacement in HRT mimics the naturally occurring oestrogen molecule in a similar way to thyroid replacement. It is known the contraceptive pill is 50 to 100 times stronger than HRT, and unlike HRT, it takes a long time to be cleared from the body and therefore stays in the body much longer.
Menopause and Hormone Replacement Treatment in Our Essex Hospital
Relief from the sometimes severe symptoms of the menopause can subsequently improve quality of life. In addition, using HRT from your menopause until at least your middle or late fifties is known to halve the risk of osteoporosis and reduces the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
Some women have concerns about the possible associated risks of HRT, which is due to negative, and sometimes inaccurate, publicity, resulting in poor understanding of this treatment.
Contact one of our Gynaecologists today to discuss your possible treatment options and learn more about how your life can be transformed by HRT.