Book a Menopause/HRT Appointment
If you require a private prescription to be filled and want to check we have stock availability then please contact us on 01962 798580.
If you want to have an initial consultation with one of our menopause specialists, please go to our menopause service page and book there.
If you are currently on HRT but want a review, we can make recommendations to your GP or prescribe privately.
Safe, private clinic
Our beautiful award-winning clinic is in the centre of Winchester and we look forward to welcoming you. Keeping you and others safe is our priority and so if you are unwell, please let us know in advance and we will make appropriate arrangements.
Your appointment will be with one of our menopause specialists in our private consultation room at our clinic in Winchester. If required we can also perform blood tests during your appointment.
We operate within a registered private pharmacy which means that, depending on the outcome of the consultation, we can discuss and provide any required treatments, tests or referrals as appropriate. You can also be assured that we work within a strict governance framework.
HRT is the most effective treatment available to improve your symptoms and it can also work to reduce your risk of diseases including osteoporosis, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and dementia. Due to a flawed research study 20 years ago and subsequent misinformation and misleading reports in the media, many people are reluctant to take HRT despite it being safe for the majority of women. Guidelines from the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) are clear that the benefits of HRT outweigh the risks for the majority of individuals. Taking HRT can significantly improve the range of symptoms caused by low levels of oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone and it can provide you with positive effects to your future health, especially your bones and heart.
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About Hormone Replacement Therapy
HRT is treatment that contains hormones. The type of hormones you need and the doses you are given vary between each person. So it is not a one type fits all’ prescription.
All types of HRT contain an oestrogen hormone. This replaces the oestrogen that your ovaries no longer make after the menopause.
HRT is available as tablets, skin patches, gels or sprays. There are several brands for each of these types of HRT. If you still have your womb, you will also need to take a progesterone or progestogen which is usually given as a tablet or via the Mirena coil. This is because taking oestrogen can thicken the cells in the lining of the womb and this has a small risk of the cells turning cancerous. There is no increased risk of cancer of your uterus when you also take progesterone or progestogen.
In some HRT products, the oestrogen and progestogen are combined in the same tablet or patch. If you are still having periods when you take HRT, the type of HRT you will usually be given will lead to you have regular periods (known as sequential or cyclical HRT).
If it has been more than a year since your last period or you have been taking HRT for a year, then the type of HRT can be changed to one where you will not have periods (known as continuous HRT).
What about Testosterone?
Testosterone is another hormone that women produce. Although it is also the male hormone, women produce it too, in fact, in larger volumes than oestrogen before the perimenopause and menopause. Testosterone levels drop during the perimenopause and menopause and can cause symptoms such as poor concentration, low energy and reduced libido (sex drive). Testosterone is usually given as a cream or gel which you use every day. It can also be given in a small pellet that is inserted under the skin known as an implant. Your clinician will be able to talk to you about this in more detail.
Can we help you?
Our team are standing by to help you with any questions or queries that you may have. We can advise you on the best test, product or service for your requirements.