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Treatments for the Menopause

Conventional treatment has, for many years, revolved around the use of hormone replacement therapy (‘HRT’). This was based on three ideas:

  1. the menopause may be considered as a deficiency syndrome like hypothyroidism or diabetes;
  2. synthetic hormones relieve many of the symptoms of the menopause;
  3. the original scientific evidence suggested that it was safe with many other health benefits.

The current orthodox view is now less clear and not only have most of the benefits been disproved, there are many negative factors associated with HRT – not least being an increased risk of breast cancer. Fortunately there are many alternative ways to treat the menopause with different evidence of efficacy. The Natural Practice will use a lot of different techniques to help this condition. The whole of the benefit of an integrated medical approach is that a number of different approaches are brought together to support the patient. We should stress that each treatment plan is designed individually and it may consist of one or more interventions.