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Concerns that many menopausal women were “suffering in silence” due to confusion about the safety of hormone replacement therapy recently led to new guidelines for medical professionals from the the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

While HRT can alleviate many typical symptoms of the menopause, there has been reluctance on behalf of some doctors to prescribe it following links to some cancers and heart problems.

The NICE guidelines were designed to give medical professionals information that would enable them to decide whether the benefits might outweigh the risks in some cases.

HRT isn’t the only remedy for symptoms associated with the menopause and it’s important that women choose what’s right for them.

My latest article for The Independent outlines some of the options and risks involved when deciding on the best treatment for the symptoms of the menopause.