A modern take on menopause

Old scare stories about hormone replacement therapy and lack of training among healthcare professionals mean that many women are missing out on treatments for debilitating symptoms of menopause. NICE’s new guidance says HRT can be effective and offers advice aimed at healthcare professionals and patients.

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Kathy Abernethy likes to ask healthcare professionals attending her menopause training course to put their hands up if they have received a training update in this area. Usually, few hands go up.

‘There are some nurses and GPs who have never had one,’ says Ms Abernethy, a menopause specialist nurse who works in an NHS clinic and runs an education programme aimed at those who regularly advise women on their menopause. ‘Knowledge is hugely variable. Nurses and GPs can be similarly unaware. It has been a closed area.’

Now that lack of information has been addressed with the release of comprehensive new guidance by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, covering everything from diagnosis to drug and non-drug treatments for symptoms. It also provides clarity on the risks and benefits of hormone replacement therapy.

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