There are many different types of HRT and all of them affect your hormones in different ways. It is critical that you have an understanding of each variant so that you can make a decision based on what is best for you. Our menopause expert Eileen Durward is on hand to guide you through the types of HRT available, giving you the knowledge to make an informed decision.
This is the type of HRT that imitates the natural menstrual cycle and it does so by causing regular menstrual bleeding every month, similar to a light period.
Both oestrogen and progesterone are taken, although at different stages throughout the month.
HRT of this type does not trigger natural ovulation and cannot restore fertility, so these are not real periods, nor do they mean the start of your regular menstrual cycle. Instead, the hormones trigger a reaction which causes the lining of the uterus to build up and then shed. If the woman’s natural period has become irregular then the treatment can also be taken so that the bleeding occurs once every three months.
Most women start by using Cyclical HRT and then move onto Continuous Combined Therapy (CCT) once they are postmenstrual. Both oestrogen and progesterone are taken every day, balanced so that the monthly bleed does not occur.
This type of HRT comes in the form of creams, gels or vaginal rings.
Oestrogen is absorbed through the tissue to treat vaginal or urinary symptoms such as dryness, irritation or infection. The use of local oestrogen minimises the absorption of oestrogen into the rest of the body and its attendant side effects.
Progesterone can also be taken locally to help protect the lining of the womb.
Tibolone is a man-made hormone of the class of medicine known as a steroid. It is taken in tablet form and mimics the effects of oestrogen, progesterone and to a lesser extent androgen, which is a male hormone.
The benefits of tibolone are similar to Continuous Combined Therapy (CCT). No bleeding occurs as the lining of the uterus is not stimulated to build with each cycle and shed.
Menopause Support can provide support to the body through all stages of the Menopause but is especially useful when broad range of symptoms such as hot flushes, irritability, tiredness, pains and aches, vaginal dryness etc kick in.
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Hello lovely ladies, my name is Eileen and I have worked in the Education Department at A.Vogel for over 18 years, lecturing and advising on many health concerns via the Helpline, including the menopause and its dreaded symptoms.
My own personal experience of going through the menopause (and surviving it), which I regularly blog about, as well as that of hundreds of menopause women who ring the helpline or email me every day, allows me to offer my guidance, advice and sometimes just a much needed shoulder to cry on, to menopausal women all over the world.
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Menopause support – Soy Isoflavones for all stages of the menopause
You won’t get the menopause the minute you turn 50! The average starting age is actually between 45 and 55 and it can often depend on a number of factors including hereditary, weight and health, however every single woman will have an individual menopause.