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Should Women Pay for HRT in England?


Prescription charges for hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for menopausal women would be scrapped under a proposed law.The Labour MP Carolyn Harris said that she had enough support for a private member’s bill to change legislation so that women in England would not have to pay for HRT. The bill will receive its second reading this month.

Not all women will choose to take HRT or may be advised against it for medical reasons. However, research has shown that it can help many women with symptoms of the menopause, but in England they have to pay £9.35 for each prescription, while women in Scotland and Wales receive prescriptions free. HRT tops up levels of the oestrogen and progesterone hormones, and eases symptoms including hot flushes, night sweats and mood swings.

About 80 per cent of the 3.4 million women aged between 50 and 64 in the UK will experience symptoms. Whether you believe HRT is the right path to choose for you or not, I'm sure we all agree that women across the UK should receive the same NHS support?

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