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Menopause and hormones

Oestrogen is an important sex hormone present in the female body and is responsible for many female characteristics, meaning that when a change does occur in the presence of this hormone the body will react.

Progestogen is another prominent female sex hormone that is affected by menopause, although the effect of the change in progestogen levels is not as far-reaching as that of oestrogen. Progestogen plays an important role in maintaining womb health, and in the event that numbers drop too much, a woman could have a higher risk of developing endometrial cancer.

Just like men, women have a store of testosterone, although in far lower numbers. When testosterone is low it can affect a woman's sex drive and energy levels, in some cases leading to female sexual dysfunction (FSD).

Although, as with other conditions, menopause has certain common symptoms, it can affect all women differently; some may be more severely affected than others, and some women may even go through the process without any real concerns at all. However, it is worth having an idea of what signs and symptoms might signal the beginning of the change.

HRT treatments available

If and when the symptoms of menopause are causing you discomfort, doctors are often able to recommend hormone replacement therapy (HRT). These treatments are designed to restore the balance of female hormones in your body by supplying it artificially; they are administered either in the form of a vaginal cream, oral tablets or with the help of a patch.

HRT treatments normally contain conjugated oestrogens, tibilone or estradiol (natural oestrogen), or a combination of estradiol or conjugated oestrogens and progesterone. It is unlikely that you would be prescribed a treatment that contains testosterone, and many women will benefit sufficiently from using hormone replacement therapy treatments that contain just progesterone and, or progestogen.

Benefits of Hormone Replacement Therapy

The main benefit of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) lies in its ability to reduce a woman's risk of developing irritating and potentially stressful symptoms of menopause. It is also particularly helpful when used as prevention against osteoporosis in menopausal women.

As mentioned, the symptoms experienced during menopause, as well as the frequency of those symptoms, will vary from woman to woman, and so providing a definitive summary of the benefits is difficult. However, it is clear and important to note that, in many women, the effects of HRT have been incredibly positive.

The risks of HRT treatment

Before a doctor is able to prescribe an HRT treatment to you they will always evaluate whether the benefits of the treatment outweigh the risks. You may still be required to visit your doctor on a regular basis, though, so that you can ensure that your treatment is still working correctly.

As with any prescription medication, there are risks that accompany using HRT treatment. These symptoms vary in severity but, in most cases and where they maintain contact with their doctor, women using HRT treatments will be able to complete their course of medication without any adverse or overly worrying side effects. For more information on the benefits and risks of HRT treatments, visit our more comprehensive page here.

Buying Hormone Replacement Therapy Online

Hormone Replacement Therapy treatments are available online to people who are already using them. You simply need to place an order for the medication that you are currently using and then complete our free, online consultation.

Every consultation is checked by one of our doctors who will also provide a prescription once your consultation has been approved. This prescription is then sent on to our registered UK pharmacy where it will be checked, prepared and then discreetly packaged for free next day delivery. 121doc adheres to strict patient confidentiality guidelines, and safety is always our first concern when providing patients with prescription medication.

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Combined HRT

These treatments have conjugated oestrogen and estradiol combined with artificial progesterone.

They are normally for women who are still menstruating or have not had a hysterectomy. They are available as a cream, patch or tablet.

If you have already been prescribed a treatment, you can order online here.

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Oestrogenes only

These contain conjugated oestrogens, tibolone or estradiol only.

They are normally for women who have had their uterus removed. They are available as a cream, patch or tablet.

If you have already been prescribed a treatment, you can order online here.

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FAQs

What is included in the online consultation?
Will a doctor review my consultation?
What happens after I submit my order?
Is the price all-inclusive?
Can I place more than one order at a time?
What are my delivery options?
Is it safe to buy prescription medication online?
How do I know which treatment is best for me?
Is this service discreet?
What is included in the online consultation?

Our consultations include general questions about your health (e.g. blood pressure levels, current and past conditions), as well as specific questions related to your selected treatment. We will also request relevant personal information to complete payment and delivery.

All questions are necessary, and your answers and details will not be shared with any third-parties. Only our doctors have access to your medical information.

Will a doctor review my consultation?

It is a legal and medical requirement that a doctor first reviews all completed consultations. We have a team of in-house doctors and specialists who will ensure your selected treatment is safe for your use. All information is stored securely and confidentially.

Please note, we do not guarantee that our doctors will approve treatment.

What happens after I submit my order?

Your consultation will be sent directly to our medical team, where it will be reviewed by one of our doctors.

If your chosen treatment is deemed suitable for your use, they will issue a prescription. Your prescription is then forwarded to our pharmacy, where your medication will be dispensed and dispatched for courier delivery.

Is the price all-inclusive?

Yes. All 121doc orders include a medical consultation, a prescription and next-day delivery. There are no additional costs. We believe in providing a safe and easy-to-use service.

Can I place more than one order at a time?

Yes. However, certain medications may negatively interact with each other. Our doctors may not approve your order on this basis.

You can place multiple items in one basket, and complete a consultation for all.

If you wish to place a second order for a different medication, you will have to complete a separate consultation.

What are my delivery options?

We offer several delivery options:

  • Next-day delivery
  • UPS Access Point - convenient parcel drop-off and collection near your home or work address
  • Nominated-day delivery - choose the most convenient day for delivery

All these options can be tracked and require a signature on delivery. If you are not available, a friend or relative can sign in your place.

None of these options will incur an additional charge.

Is it safe to buy prescription medication online?

To ensure you are purchasing from a reputable company, you should look to see their country’s regulatory bodies verify them.

In the UK, this is the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).Certificates can be viewed here.

How do I know which treatment is best for me?

Some treatments also offer the 'Advise Me' function. You will be asked questions about your lifestyle and needs, plus medical questions. You will then be presented with the advice of our doctors.

Is this service discreet?

Our patients’ privacy is of utmost importance. All your medical information is securely stored and only viewed by our doctors. We do not share your details with third-parties. We are also regularly inspected by various UK regulatory agencies, such as the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).

All orders will only show on invoices, bank statements, etc. as ‘HHC Ltd’.

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