Important to clarify evidence and cut through myths around HRT, says RCGP

Publication date: 14 May 2019

Responding to BBC Breakfast coverage of the menopause this morning, Dr Anne Connolly, Clinical Lead for Women's Health at the Royal College of GPs, said: "The menopause affects different women in different ways and for many their symptoms can negatively impact on their quality of life, so managing this is something that GPs take very seriously. But it's also something we need to empower women to understand better, and that includes raising awareness of the treatment options available to them.

"Not every woman going through the menopause wants to be or needs to be on HRT, and clinical guidelines don't suggest they should be. However, the latest research does suggest that for many women, HRT can be a safe and effective intervention to alleviate menopausal symptoms.

"Evidence and myths around the use of HRT has been very confusing and contradictory – to patients and healthcare professionals - which is why it's important that clinical guidelines are updated regularly to take into account the latest clinical evidence, and that any changes filter down to doctors on the frontline of patient care.

"It is also vital that women have access to high-quality, evidence-based information so that they can make an informed decision based on their individual circumstances, in conversation with their GP, about the options available to them and the various risks and benefits of each.

"Women's Health is a clinical priority for the RCGP and we have worked with partners including the British Menopause Society, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health, to develop educational resources to support GPs and other healthcare professionals deliver the best possible care for women, based on the latest evidence."

Further Information

RCGP Press office: 020 3188 7633/7574/7575
Out of hours: 0203 188 7659
press@rcgp.org.uk

Notes to editor

The Royal College of General Practitioners is a network of more than 52,000 family doctors working to improve care for patients. We work to encourage and maintain the highest standards of general medical practice and act as the voice of GPs on education, training, research and clinical standards.

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