TV personality Davina McCall has been at the forefront of a much-needed sea change in the awareness of menopause symptoms, leading to many more women seeking treatment, such as HRT.
However, as demand as risen, there have been major shortages of certain products. There have also been claims that, in some cases, hormone therapies are being overprescribed and may have the potential to cause real harm to patients.
In this episode of The PJ Pod, research and learning editor Katherine Sole and senior data journalist Julia Robinson speak with two experts in the field on how best to prescribe HRT and how pharmacists can manage difficult conversations when it comes to shortages.
Thanks to Paula Briggs, consultant in sexual and reproductive health at Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust and chair of the British Menopause Society, and Hayley Berry, a pharmacist who specialises in women’s health and is lead learning development pharmacist at the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education, for their help with this episode.
This episode was produced by Geoff Marsh.
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- ‘Is HRT overprescribed?‘
- ‘Testosterone for menopause: why women face difficulties accessing treatment‘
- ‘Perimenopause: symptoms and management’
- British Menopause Society’s tools for clinicians
- Newson Health Menopause Society’s ‘Easy HRT Prescribing Guide’