Dr Shalini Khunger is a GP with an interest in the menopause

Many ladies do not seek help until they have endured symptoms for several months and more often several years.

Many ladies do not seek help until they have endured symptoms for several months and more often several years.  Their quality of life at home and at work will have been severely impacted by the time they have a consultation with me.

My main advice would be that ladies do not need to wait for their periods to stop or get much less frequent before considering HRT.

Once the first few symptoms start, then using apps like the Balance App and the Menopause Symptom Questionnaire they can be proactive about monitoring their symptoms and then seeking help more quickly.

This will help greatly with symptom control but all allow for the “preventative medicine” aspects of HRT to take effect.

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