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Sex drive boost: HRT patch more effective than pills during menopause | Health | Life & Style

HRT replaces hormones that are at a lower level as women approach the menopause.

The main benefit of HRT is that it can help relieve most of the menopausal symptoms, such as hot flushes, night sweats, mood swings vaginal dryness and reduced sex drive.

Now experts at Yale University in the US have revealed hormone replacement pills could boost sex drive through the menopause.

Scientists said they are more effective than pills.

Dr Chris Steele joined hosts Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes on This Morning to talk about the new research.

“This is research done on HRT patches rather than a pill,” he said.

“They said it can improve sex life after the menopause.”

He said some women can find their sex lives are affected after the menopause.

“The patch was deemed better than the tablets,” Dr Chris added.

The GP said a patch could be more effective because hormones are released directly into the blood stream and a tablet has to be broken down by the liver before it is effective.

Dr Chris added: “There was an improvement in vaginal soreness and dryness which is extremely common in the menopause.

“Overall quality of life improved.”

Ruth questioned if women who are currently on the tablets could ask to switch to a patch.

Dr Chris said: “If you’re having problems maybe discuss it with your GP or gynaecologist.”

The research was carried out by scientists at Yale University.

The scientists said the patch was far more effective than pills for boosting arousal and also reduced pain during sex.

The research comes just day after scientists found the patches can reduce the risk of stroke for women compared to the pills. 

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