Should GPs prescribe HRT or antidepressants as the first-line treatment for perimenopausal women?
Published: 4th July 2019
Perimenopausal women have an increased risk of developing new and recurring mental health conditions such as anxiety, low mood and depressive symptoms. GPs frequently prescribe antidepressants as the first-line treatment, but should it be HRT?
This article, written by a GP, gives an overview of the mental health symptoms which many women may report during the menopause and evaluates the different treatment options based on current evidence.
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.