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Hormone replacement therapy (HRT)

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Introduction
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is where female hormones are used to relieve the symptoms of the menopause.
Types of HRT
There are many different types of hormone replacement therapy but the main types are oestrogen-only HRT, cyclical HRT and continuous combined HRT.
Who can use HRT
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can be started as soon as menopausal symptoms start. However, it may not be suitable for some people, such as pregnant women.
How HRT is taken
There are several different ways that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can be taken, including creams and gels, tablets, patches and implants.
Alternatives to HRT
If you are unable or decide not to take hormone replacement therapy, a number of treatments are available that may help control your menopausal symptoms.
Side effects of HRT
Both of the hormones that are used in hormone replacement therapy (HRT), oestrogen and progestogen, have associated side effects.
Understanding the risks of HRT
When deciding whether to have hormone replacement therapy (HRT), it is important to understand the risks and put them into perspective.
"The night sweats really got me"
Barbara Hunt, 59, a retired civil servant from Canterbury in Kent, has had a rollercoaster ride with the menopause and with HRT.