Tablets for HRT

There are many types of HRT and in this article we'll cover more information on the tablet form.

Tablets of HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy), are the most popular form. They replace the declining menopausal hormones (estrogen, progesterone) in our bodies. Many women find tablets a convenient and easy way to manage their menstrual symptoms.

There are many types of HRT tablets that you can choose from:

  1. Estrogen-only tablets - These pills will only replace estrogen that has been reduced in your body after menopause. These tablets are generally recommended for women who have had an hysterectomy and no longer have a womb.
  2. Combined tablets (Estrogen + Progesterone Together) - These tablets contain estrogen as well as progesterone. They are necessary for women with a womb.

Women who are postmenopausal and have a womb will need to take daily combined estrogen-progesterone tablets. This is known as Continuous combined HRT.

Perimenopausal women who have a womb will take estrogen-only tablets for 14 days, then they will take combined estrogen and prosesterone tablets for 14 days. This is to make sure that the cycle fits with the woman's current menstrual cycle. This is known as cyclical combined HRT or sequential combined HRT.

Important things to keep in mind:

HRT tablets pose a higher risk than transdermal HRT, You need to know if your medical history makes tablets more risky for you. Before you decide on the best form of HRT, it is important to do a thorough assessment.

Always read the leaflet carefully and follow the instructions and as with all medication the side effects should be considered. It can take 3 months for HRT to show its full benefits and for side effects to calm down (although many women find relief in days). You may need to have your prescription changed if side effects continue beyond three months.

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