Women around the UK are facing a ‘major and widespread’ shortage of HRT

Published: 15th July 2019

"Women around the UK are facing a “major and widespread” shortage of hormone replacement therapy (HRT), leaving some struggling with menopause symptoms and side effects such as night sweats, depression and anxiety.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) estimates one million women in the UK use treatment for their menopausal symptoms, with HRT being the main treatment offered on the NHS.

Although the exact number of women affected by the current shortage is unclear, Dr Hannah Short, a GP specialising in PMS and the menopause, said it is “a major and widespread issue, affecting a large number of women”. However, both doctors and pharmacists are in the dark about the reasons for the shortage and how long it’s likely to last."

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