18.104.22.168 Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for menopausal symptoms
- See NICE NG23 Menopause: diagnosis and management.
- See CKS Menopause for practical guidance on best practice.
- In most women with troublesome symptoms the benefits of HRT outweigh the risks. Discuss risks and benefits prior to starting (refer to links above).
- Women with a premature menopause (<40 years of age) should be referred to a specialist HRT clinic. HRT is normally recommended until the average age of the natural menopause (52 years of age).
- HRT preparations should be brand prescribed to aid product identification.
- For use of HRT in osteoporosis prophylaxis refer to 6.6.1 (c).
- Tibolone is a synthetic steroidal compound with oestrogenic, progestogenic, and androgenic activity. It is licensed for the treatment of oestrogen deficiency symptoms in postmenopausal women, more than one year after menopause.
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