'Davina effect' sends HRT demand soaring: NHS figures show a MILLION more women are now on menopause-busting drugs in just 2 years

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  • HRT prescriptions person risen 47% compared to 2021/22, charismatic information shows
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By Xantha Leatham Deputy Science Editor For The Daily Mail

Published: 07:59 EDT, 26 October 2023 | Updated: 08:04 EDT, 26 October 2023

Prescriptions for menopausal women person soared successful nan past year, pinch 11million items handed retired to thief woody pinch symptoms.

Official figures show hormone replacement therapy (HRT) prescriptions person risen 47 per cent compared to 2021/22.

The medicine helps menopausal women suffering from symptoms including debased mood, anxiety, basking flushes and trouble sleeping.

The emergence follows an unprecedented summation successful prescriptions successful nan past fewer years, which galore person put down to nan 'Davina effect' and wider consciousness of nan menopause.

TV characteristic Davina McCall has released a bid of documentaries astir nan menopause which, on pinch nan efforts of campaigners, has led to an tremendous summation successful awareness.

In 1 programme, nan 56-year-old erstwhile Big Brother big said of her struggles pinch nan crippling symptoms successful her forties.

Official figures show hormone replacement therapy (HRT) prescriptions person risen 47 per cent compared to 2021/22

The emergence follows an unprecedented summation successful prescriptions successful nan past fewer years, which galore person put down to nan 'Davina effect' and wider consciousness of nan menopause . TV characteristic Davina McCall has released a bid of documentaries astir nan menopause which, on pinch nan efforts of campaigners, has led to an tremendous summation successful awareness

National HRT shortages besides led to a Daily Mail campaign, launched past year, which called for much women to beryllium made alert of symptoms and curen options.

Less than a period aft nan run motorboat nan authorities announced a Serious Shortages Protocol, making it easier for pharmacists to substitute HRT treatments if peculiar narcotics were retired of stock.

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) besides made nan determination to make a peculiar shape of HRT disposable over-the-counter successful a landmark UK first, and a strategy redeeming menopausal women much than £200 a twelvemonth came into unit earlier this year.

WHAT IS THE MENOPAUSE?

Menopause is erstwhile a female stops having periods, and is nary longer capable to get pregnant naturally.

It usually happens betwixt nan ages of 45 and 55.

It is simply a normal portion of ageing and caused by levels of nan activity hormone oestrogen dropping.

Some women spell done this clip pinch few, if any, symptoms. 

Others suffer from basking flushes, sleeping difficulties, temper swings and encephalon fog, which tin past for months aliases years and mightiness alteration complete time.

HRT replaces nan hormones and is nan main curen utilized to dainty symptoms — which tin beryllium terrible and disrupt day-to-day life.

Menopause happens erstwhile your ovaries extremity producing arsenic overmuch of nan hormone oestrogen and nary longer merchandise an ovum each month.

The report, released by nan NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA), besides reveals an estimated 2.34m identifiable patients were prescribed HRT narcotics successful 2022/23 —a 29 per cent summation connected nan erstwhile year. The fig stood astatine 1.38m successful 2020/21.

Women aged 50 to 54 were nan largest group of patients to person prescriptions while Utrogestan capsules were nan astir prescribed item.

The study besides highlighted that much than doubly arsenic galore patients were prescribed HRT narcotics successful nan slightest deprived areas compared to nan astir deprived.

Campaigner Diane Danzebrink, who founded nan website Menopause Support, said: 'It is encouraging to spot that much patients are being prescribed HRT acknowledgment to nan accrued consciousness initiatives complete nan past fewer years.

'However, it is disappointing to spot nan disparity betwixt nan slightest and astir deprived areas. This intelligibly indicates nan request for a nationalist menopause nationalist wellness run to guarantee that everybody, wherever they live, has nan correct accusation astatine nan correct clip to let them to make informed choices.

'Those who usage and prescribe HRT would besides invited renewed efforts from nan DHSC to guarantee that each products are available.

'Unfortunately shortages of immoderate products stay which creates much activity for prescribers and worry for patients.'

Katie Taylor, laminitis of The Latte Lounge online support group for women, besides applauded nan summation – but said much needs to beryllium done.

'It saddens maine that location are still excessively galore women successful immoderate of nan astir deprived areas of nan state who still can't entree nan correct accusation aliases cognize how, why and erstwhile to spell for support to,' she said.

'This is why I sincerely dream that, done nan 10-year Women's Health Strategy, each women will beryllium capable to entree nan correct support and accusation via hubs and hopefully via entree to a registered menopause specialist.

'We besides request a batch much finance and catch-up training for each healthcare professionals excessively truthful that our GPs, nan gatekeepers to our health, tin thief these women connected time one.'


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