Alternatives to Menopausal Hormone Therapy (MHT)



Supplements can have side effects just like prescribed medications

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The contents of approved prescription medications are strictly regulated, and the introduction of a new medication requires research and evidence showing its efficacy (that it works) and safety. They are also subject to ongoing monitoring after their introduction to ensure no new risks appear. For this reason, it is recommended to use approved prescription medications for menopausal hormone therapy.

You may see “natural” hormones marketed for the management of menopausal symptoms, but it is important to recognise that these are not governed by the same strict requirements as conventional medications and generally lack evidence of either their efficacy or safety. Furthermore, they may interact with other medications you are taking or might be dangerous, depending on your health background. MHT, as prescribed by your doctor, has been extensively researched over many decades, and its efficacy and safety profile are clear. If you are thinking about using alternative medications, we recommend you discuss this with your doctor.