4 May 2022

HRT and Me: what medication shortages mean for women

More than one million people in the UK are on HRT.

More than one million people in the UK are on Hormone Replacement Therapy or HRT and the vast majority of them are women who need it to deal with menopause symptoms.

But a shortage of specific types of HRT has left women struggling. In this episode of The Fourcast we speak to Kate who had a hysterectomy at 44 which caused her to go into surgical menopause about what life is like with and without HRT.

We also speak to our Health and Social Care Editor, Victoria MacDonald about why, as demand for prescriptions has more than doubled since 2017, supply of some products has not kept up.

If you have been affected by the issues raised in this report, help and support is available at channel4.com/support.

Sources: Channel 4: Davina McCall: Sex, Myths and the Menopause and Davina McCall: Sex, Mind and the Menopause

Produced by: Nina Hodgson and Gracie Jerome.


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