Following a safety review, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has given the green light for an HRT treatment to be sold over the counter. The Gina 10 microgram vaginal tablets will be available without a prescription from pharmacies for the first time in history.
Seen as a massive step forward in women’s health, the new HRT treatment will benefit millions of women. However, it is important to understand its limitations.
Here, we will look at the new HRT treatment in more depth, alongside the symptoms it can help with.
What is Gina 10 microgram HRT treatment?
Gina 10 microgram are vaginal tablets that contain the oestradiol hormone. It is designed to locally treat the vaginal symptoms of the menopause such as vaginal dryness, uncomfortable sex, itching, and soreness.
Although it will be available without a prescription, a clinical assessment will be required at the pharmacy. This can only be carried out by a pharmacist, and no other member of the pharmacy team.
Can it treat all menopause symptoms?
Looking for help with menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes and mood swings? Unfortunately, the Gina 10 microgram tablets won’t tackle every menopause symptom. They are purely designed to treat the vaginal symptoms women experience.
They target the vaginal area only, reducing the risk of them being absorbed into the bloodstream. This means alternative treatments will need to be provided to control other symptoms of the menopause. If you have menopausal symptoms, it is best to speak to an expert gynaecologist about all your treatment options first.
Does Gina 10 microgram come with side effects?
The MHRA claims serious side effects from Gina 10 microgram are rare. Clinical trials did show patients developed less serious side effects such as:
- Abdominal pain
- Vaginal discharge
- Vaginal discomfort
- Vaginal bleeding
These side effects tend to be mild and still relatively uncommon. However, if you do experience vaginal bleeding, you will need to be referred to a doctor.
The importance of menopause health checks
The key to controlling menopausal symptoms is to catch them early. However, regardless of how long ago you began experiencing them, a menopause health check is a great way to figure out the best way to treat your symptoms. It will determine the cause, as well as ensure you are receiving the right type of treatment.
Tests will be carried out including blood tests, and a blood pressure check. You can also request additional tests such as a cervical smear test, pelvic ultrasound scan, and breast screening.
Having a menopause health check annually helps to catch any potential problems early, as well as address any concerns you may have. To book a health check, contact our friendly team today. We are also happy to answer any questions you may have about the check-up and what it involves.