The aim of HRT, as its name suggests, is to replace or ‘top up’ the body’s natural supply of estrogen. Estrogen also stimulates the lining of the womb, so you will also need to take another hormone, progestogen, at the same time to protect your womb lining.
If you have had a hysterectomy, you may not need progestogen and may be prescribed estrogen-only HRT. However, depending on the reason for your hysterectomy and the type of hysterectomy you have had, you may be advised to use estrogen and progestogen combined HRT.
Find out more about HRT
The following links provide information and advice about HRT:
Alternatives to HRT
Why would I choose an alternative to HRT?
Not every woman chooses HRT or can have HRT to help their symptoms of the menopause. For you, this may be because:
- Your GP has advised you not to take HRT because of your own or your family’s medical history, e.g. breast cancer or deep vein thrombosis (DVT - a blood clot in a deep vein)
- You want an alternative treatment that works especially well for one particular symptom
- You have concerns about the safety and side effects of HRT
- You would prefer alternative treatments to help alleviate symptoms of the menopause
What are the alternatives to HRT?
The alternatives to HRT can be broadly classified as:
- Herbal medicine - a practice based on the use of plants or plant extracts to relieve symptoms, e.g. evening primrose oil or St John’s Wort
- Alternative medicine - a range of therapies used instead of conventional medicine, such as acupressure, acupuncture and homeopathy
- Complementary therapy - interventions that tend to be used alongside conventional medicine, e.g. aromatherapy with HRT
- Non-hormonal medical treatments - treatments prescribed by your doctor, such as antidepressants
Find out more about alternatives to HRT
The following links provide information about the alternatives to HRT: