There is not a ‘cure’ or treatment for the menopause itself, but there are treatments for its symptoms, one of which is Hormone Replacement Therapy. HRT has provided effective relief for many women over years but the associated risks and side effects have attracted critics.

During a consultation at the London Clinic with female gynaecologist Amanda Tozer, you will have the opportunity to discuss the pros and cons of HRT, and to find out about the potential risks and side effects. Miss Tozer has helped many women manage their menopausal symptoms using HRT and is well placed to give you all the facts and advice you need in order to make an informed decision about your treatment.

What does HRT do?

Hormone Replacement Therapy contains an oestrogen hormone that replaces the oestrogen your post-menopausal ovaries have ceased to produce. Oestrogen on its own, however, would result in the building up of the womb lining, increasing a risk of cancer of the uterus. For this reason, HRT usually combines the oestrogen with a progestogen hormone that drastically reduces the risk of cancer. The different types of HRT contain a varying degree of each hormone; some women need to try a few combinations before finding the one that works for them.

What are the side effects of HRT?

Both oestrogen and progestogen produce different side effects with some crossover. Possible side effects include fluid retention, breast tenderness, leg cramps, headaches, indigestion, acne, backache, depression and nausea.

Before embarking on any course of treatment, London based gynaecologist Miss Tozer will explain the potential side effects – as well as how the worst of these may be relieved by a number of lifestyle changes. With her years of experience in treating the symptoms of the menopause, she can help you put the risks and side effects of HRT into a useful perspective.