How does HRT work?
For women who seek help for their menopausal symptoms, HRT is the most commonly prescribed treatment. HRT works by replacing the depleted oestrogen in your body, so that you have a similar level as you had before the menopause.
If you still have your womb you should be prescribed progesterone as well. This is because the oestrogen you are replacing causes the lining of your womb to grow as it did when you had your periods. Taking progesterone as well as oestrogen causes the lining of the womb to shed, preventing problems caused by the build-up of the womb lining. As a result, depending on the progesterone taken, you may experience some bleeding at the end of each treatment cycle, similar to a menstrual period.