1 Helps with hot flushes
Three out of four menopausal women experience hot flushes. HRT stops hot flushes and night sweats, but there can be side effects, including tender breasts and headaches. With some types of HRT, there is also a higher risk of breast cancer and clots.
2 Improves your sex life
Decreased oestrogen levels after the menopause often cause vaginal dryness and reduced sex drive. If this is your only symptom, your GP may prescribe oestrogen in the form of a cream, vaginal tablet or ring. These treatments do not give HRT to your whole body and do not have the same risks or side effects as other forms of HRT.
3 Reduces the risk of fractures
Women lose about 10 per cent of bone mass in the first five years after the menopause, making bones weaker. Taking HRT improves bone density and reduces the risk of fractures.
4 Improves mood
Many women find that fluctuating hormones can cause irritability, anxiety and depression. Taking HRT can help boost your mood, help you sleep, give you more energy and make you feel calmer.
5 Strengthens skin
Lack of oestrogen can result in skin that is thinner and more susceptible to sun damage. HRT helps to strengthen collagen, making your skin plumper and firmer.