PCWHF menopause HRT prescribing guideline

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This concise summary developed by the Primary Care Women’s Health Forum is designed to provide support when initiating therapy, or to support in choosing alternative preparations, for the treatment of symptoms of the menopause.

The average age of menopause in the UK is 51 years, although this can vary between women. Eight out of 10 women experience symptoms during the menopause, and these may last around 4 years after their last period. However, some women continue to experience symptoms for up to 12 years. These symptoms can severely affect quality of life, which is why around one million women in the UK currently receive treatment for their menopausal symptoms. 

This Guidelines for Nurses summary discusses the initiation of therapy, treatment of the symptoms of menopause, and prescribing of HRT.

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