November 26, 2015

NICE Guidelines – how they may help

In its first guideline on menopause, the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends that help and information is available for women with menopause and that a range of treatment options such as HRT can help.

Menopause is a gradual process that occurs on average for women in the UK at 51. An estimated 1.5 million women – around 80% of those going through menopause – experience  common symptoms such as hot flushes and night sweats. Other symptoms include mood changes, joint and muscle pain and headaches.

Together these symptoms can severely affect a woman’s life. Yet the effects of menopause are often not fully understood. As a result, women do not always get the help they need from their GP, nurse, practice or hospital specialist to manage their symptoms effectively.

NICE aims to address this by providing recommendations on the support, information and treatments available for menopausal symptoms. The guideline covers diagnosis, the drug and non-drug treatments that can help with symptoms, and offers clarity on the risks and benefits of HRT.

Read more here.