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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.

The average age for a woman in the UK to start the menopause is 52 but, as many women start experiencing symptoms before they reach 40, this figure does not give a true indication of when it is likely to happen to you. And just as the menopausal age has a vast range, so does the list of possible signs, and the degree to which you will suffer – if at all.

What are the symptoms of the menopause?

Often, one of the first signs is a change to your menstrual cycle, with your periods getting lighter or heavier, or more or less frequent. Many women report a loss of libido and vaginal dryness that can make sex uncomfortable or even painful. Hot flushes are a very common symptom; the feeling that your body is burning is usually more pronounced over the chest area and the head. Much research has been done on hot flushes but as yet there are no conclusive explanations. Other symptoms include headaches, heart palpitations, insomnia and mood changes. These symptoms usually, but not always, clear once the menopause is behind you; by seeking the advice of an expert such as London female gynaecologist Miss Amanda Tozer, you give yourself the best chance of dealing effectively with everything the menopause throws at you.

Is there a cure?

There is no cure for the menopause itself but it is possible to treat most of the symptoms with medication and hormone replacement therapy. The menopause can be both physically and emotionally challenging for some women and it is important that they are supported through this difficult time. At Miss Amanda Tozer’s menopause clinic in London’s Harley Street, menopausal women can get the help they need to manage the side effects. An experienced female gynaecologist, Miss Tozer has helped hundreds of women through their menopause, offering effective treatments and sound advice and support.