HRT availability - brands, ingredients, stock levels & alternatives
Published: 6th September 2019
Dr Louise Newson has devised a document to help women learn about the different HRT ingredients, brands and doses, and help them better understand the options if their own particular brand or type of HRT is unavailable.
The following up to date information regarding availability has been obtained from manufacturers. The information is correct at the time of publication but obviously subject to change.
Dr Newson states that women taking estrogen by way of a tablet, including those taking combination tablets, should consider changing to either an estrogen only patch or estrogen gel, combined with either Utrogestan or the Mirena coil, (although it is noted that this can be difficult for women in Scotland who are sometimes unable to obtain Utrogestan).
As combination patches are currently not available in many places, women using these would also be advised to consider changing to an estrogen only patch or estrogen gel combined with either Utrogestan or the Mirena coil.
|Good stock levels||Oestrogel|
|Currently in stock||Femoston|
|Elleste Solo MX|
|Out of stock||Elleste Duet Conti|
Smaller pharmacies may struggle to dispense some HRT more than those in larger conurbations who are regularly ordering in larger numbers of stock, and women are advised to ring around different pharmacies or try the online pharmacies to obtain their medication.
Newson Health Menopause and Wellbeing Centre was founded by leading menopause specialist and GP, Dr Louise Newson, and officially opened in September 2018 by Liz Earle MBE. Created to help women receive the most appropriate, individualised treatment for their perimenopause and menopause, it has quickly become a centre of excellence, providing care to women of all ages, as well as running educational events for primary care clinicians.
Dr Newson is also the founder of the Menopause Doctor website, a free resource since 2017, providing the latest unbiased, evidence based information about the menopause and perimenopause for women as well as the most recent national and international menopause articles and guidelines for healthcare professionals.