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Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) booklet

Women make up 51% of the population, however the menopause and the impact of this natural change on women is often seen as a taboo subject.

The average age of the menopause is 51, although this age can vary greatly. The menopause itself only lasts for one day, because it simply marks the one-year anniversary since your last period. Perimenopause is perhaps a more accurate term to describe the period of time in which you will have cycles but start to experience “menopausal” symptoms.

This period of hormonal change can last from between 2–12 years. For many women they can pass through the perimenopause without any significant issues, while for others they may experience a range of challenges and issues.

For some women they want to manage this change “naturally” while others would prefer a medical intervention such as hormone replacement therapy. There is no right or wrong, when it comes to managing the menopause and the options available to us often come down to individual circumstances and preferences.

The following NHS Fife booklet outlines one option that can be used by women to help manage the change - Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) and to provide you with an unbiased outline of the benefits and risks, should you consider this approach to managing the menopause.

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) Benefits and Risk (PDF)