In search of HRT: How talking about menopause has led to an overnight shortage of the life-changing treatment

HRT allows many women to have better sleep, an improved mood and to function better, so its abrupt loss is causing distress

One of the unforeseen side effects of the abundance of media coverage on menopause is an ongoing shortage of hormone replacement therapy (HRT)

There was a time when menopause – or “the change”, as it was referred to in hushed tones – was rarely discussed outside of a doctor’s surgery. And even then, many women didn’t feel comfortable talking about it unless the medic happened to also be female.

Thankfully, things have changed and while there are still many who are reluctant to admit they are of menopausal age, it has ceased being a taboo topic thanks to ...