At a Glance

DURATION OF TREATMENT Once established on a suitable regime, HRT can be maintained for 5 to 10 years and, quite often, even longer.
CONTRAINDICATION Amongst the main contraindications is a personal history of certain breast cancers and rarely some other cancers. Caution is also required with a past history of blood clots (deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism).
RESULTS Improves perimenopausal and postmenopausal symptoms
NUMBER OF TREATMENTS HRT does not require any interventional procedures in most cases. Bio-identical HRT may require 6 to 12 monthly pelvic scans
PRICE Initial consultation = £200, Follow-up consultation = £150, Pelvic ultrasound scan = £175, Blood tests range from £175 upwards

What is Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)?

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a treatment to relieve symptoms of the menopause. It replaces hormones that are at a lower level as you enter the menopause. The main benefit of HRT is that it can help relieve most of the menopausal symptoms, such as:

• hot flushes
• night sweats
• mood swings
• vaginal dryness
• reduced sex drive

Many of these symptoms pass after a few years, but they can be unpleasant and taking HRT can offer relief for many women. However, if you’re unable to take hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or decide against it, you may want to consider alternative ways of controlling your menopausal symptoms.

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What do we offer?

Consultations

Your initial consultation will last around 45 minutes. Just prior to seeing the specialist you will be asked to fill out a very comprehensive health and symptoms questionnaire which may take you 10 to 15 minutes. You will be asked about your general health; your menopause experience and we will also allow you time to explain your needs. You can ask questions and together we will plan to move forward.

We can assess for suitability for HRT as well as a range of other alternative treatments. We are here to help you work out your best options.

HRT Check-Ups

If you are already on HRT and want a check-up, this is an opportunity to discuss any symptoms, side-effects or anxieties with our Consultant Gynaecologist. You can find out if you are still on the most appropriate therapy. If there is another therapy more suitable, we can discuss these alternatives, and how best to introduce them to your regime.

HRT and menopause

Frequently Asked Questions

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT), also known as menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) or postmenopausal hormone therapy (PHT, PMHT), is a form of hormone therapy used to treat symptoms associated with female menopause. These symptoms can include hot flushes, vaginal atrophy, accelerated skin aging, vaginal dryness, decreased muscle mass, sexual dysfunction, and bone loss. They are in large part related to the diminished levels of sex hormones that occur during menopause.

We offer a range of therapies to suit you as we know that one size does not fit all. This includes:

• Conventional HRT: These are the preparations most commonly used in the form of tablets, patches or gels. Most scientific data on HRT relates to this form of HRT. This is available on the NHS.
• Bio-identical hormones: These are hormone preparations made from plant sources that are promoted as being similar or identical to human hormones. The hormones are packaged or formulated for individual patients by a regulated pharmacy and usually taken as creams or lozenges. These are not available on the NHS.
• Body-identical hormones: This includes oestrogen and progesterone (the main female sex hormones) developed in a conventional way by the pharmaceutical industry and authorised by the regulators such as the MHRA in the UK. These are available on the NHS.

You will receive advice on alleviating your menopausal symptoms with the utmost care taken regarding your future safety and with the risks expressed in context to allay your anxieties.

With your permission, your GP will be informed of the consultation and the results of any tests and any medication that you are started on.

Many of the conventional HRT and the body-identical HRT can be repeatedly prescribed by the GP at their discretion. However, bio-identical HRT cannot.

Mr Anil Tailor is a Consultant Gynaecologist and Oncologist at the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford and Ashford & St Peters Hospital in Chertsey. He was appointed a consultant in 2003 and has developed a very busy practice on the NHS and privately at the BMI Runnymede Hospital. He carries out very complex operations on women with gynaecological cancers and is a very accomplished laparoscopic and robotic surgeon. He regularly performs hysterectomies on women who can go home the same day or the following day.

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