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Is There An Alternative To HRT? Kent-Based Intimate Health Doctor Shares Everything That You Need To Know

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Are you looking for the right menopause treatment in the Kent area? HRT is the most well-known treatment offered to women, but the UK is currently experiencing extreme shortages, leaving many women suffering from symptoms for much longer than they should.

In this blog, Kent-based intimate health doctor, Dr Shirin, will share all the information about HRT and HRT alternatives letting you know everything about accessing the best treatment for menopause.

What Is Menopause?

Menopause is when a woman stops having periods. It’s a natural part of ageing and usually occurs between the ages of 45 and 55. 

It happens because of natural hormonal changes in your body as egg production in the ovaries stops. It can happen earlier for some women and can also be triggered for reasons such as surgery to remove the ovaries or uterus, cancer treatments like chemotherapy, or genetic reasons.

Your periods stop due to lower hormone levels, and you reach menopause when you’ve not had a period for 12 months.  


Women tend to experience symptoms long before they actually reach menopause, which is referred to as perimenopause.

It’s very distressing and unsettling and can impact your mental well-being. Symptoms include:

  • Anxiety
  • Mood Swings
  • Brain Fog
  • Hot Flushes
  • Irregular Periods
  • Loss of sex drive 

Menopause and perimenopause can greatly affect your life, including relationships and work.

Some treatments, such as HRT, can replace missing hormones and relieve symptoms. However, the UK is currently experiencing extreme shortages of the medicines needed, and many women are unable to access this vital treatment when they need it most.

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Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is a safe and effective treatment for most women going through menopause and perimenopause.

It involves using oestrogen to replace your body’s levels around the time of menopause. There are different doses available which are prescribed depending on your symptoms.

HRT can come as skin patches, gels or sprays, implants and tablets. If you have a womb, you will also need to take progesterone to protect your womb lining from the effects of oestrogen. This is called combined HRT.

Progesterone comes as patches, IUS (intrauterine system or coil), and tablets. 

Benefits Of HRT

It helps to relieve most menopause and perimenopause symptoms, including hot flushes, brain fog, joint pains, mood swings and vaginal dryness.

Hot flushes and night sweats can improve within a few weeks, but mood swings and vaginal dryness can take a few months.

HRT can also reduce your risk of hormone-related health problems like osteoporosis and heart disease.

Downsides To HRT

The main side effects of taking HRT are:

  • Bloating
  • Breast tenderness or swelling
  • Swelling in other parts of the body
  • Nausea
  • Leg cramps
  • Headaches
  • Indigestion
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Skin irritations

Some women have begun taking HRT treatment and found that it wasn’t right for them, but for others, HRT is simply not an option for medical reasons. 

If you’ve had breast, ovarian, or womb cancer, then you can not have this treatment. Also, if you’ve got high blood pressure or a history of blood clots, that will have to be controlled before HRT is offered.
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Is There A Safe Alternative To HRT?

The good news is that if you don’t like the idea of HRT or are unable to have this treatment, you can do things to naturally increase your oestrogen levels, such as diet and exercise.

Soybeans, flax seeds and sesame seeds are all great sources of phytoestrogens which are plant-based compounds that mimic oestrogen in your body but it’s unlikely that you’d be able to consume enough to notice a positive effect. 

However, the most effective alternative is BHRT – Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy.

What Is BHRT?

BHRT uses hormones that are structurally the same as your body’s natural hormones. BHRT can be used to treat men and women when their hormone levels drop or become unbalanced.

It uses bio-identical hormones derived from plants that will rebalance your hormones and help you regain control over your body.

Initially, a blood test is taken to establish which hormones are unbalanced in your body, so a custom formula for your menopause treatment is prescribed. 

BHRT medication is usually prescribed as a lozenge or a cream that you can take or apply every day. If you undergo BHRT treatment at Elite Aesthetics in Kent, then you’ll receive regular follow-ups and ongoing monitoring to help achieve optimum results.

Benefits Of BHRT

BHRT is a more natural based treatment completely tailored to you. It is suitable for all women, unlike HRT, which is not an option for some due to medical conditions.

Some of the benefits of BHRT are:

  • Mimics Your Own Natural Hormones – the hormones are customised to your specific needs.
  • Improves Sexual Experience – Decreasing oestrogen leads to vaginal dryness and pain during sex. Hormone replacement therapy restores oestrogen levels improving lubrication and increasing sex drive.
  • Gives You Stronger Hair And Nails – When your hormones dip, it impacts your hair, nails and bones. BHRT increases your body’s production of proteins like collagen, which will help you look younger and restores the strength of your hair and nails.
  • Decreases Symptoms Of Menopause And Perimenopause – Symptoms such as hot flushes, night sweats, mood swings and lack of energy.

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Where To Get BHRT

BHRT is not widely available through the NHS. However, with the shortage of medicines and a steadily increasing need for an alternative treatment, BHRT is becoming very popular and can be sourced from private clinics. 

Elite Aesthetics in Kent provides BHRT treatment, and Dr Shirin, our practice leader, is an industry pioneer in women’s health and hormonal health. 

If you decide that BHRT is right for you, then the first step is to book a consultation. During your consultation, you can ask any further questions that you might have, and Dr Shirin can discuss in detail how BHRT can be tailored to your hormonal needs. 

Our consultations are held at our award-winning clinic based in Greenhithe, Kent, which is just 20 minutes away by train from St. Pancras, London.

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Dr. Shirin is a fully-trained and highly-experienced aesthetic physician, who works diligently to ensure a 5 star quality service, and brings an honest and ethical approach to every one of our clients. With over 20 years of experience in the medical field, including several years as a GP and a sub-speciality in anaesthetics, Dr. Shirin is fascinated by the harmony between medicine and aesthetics, and with her expertise, Elite Aesthetics is able to offer effective, doctor-led treatments to vastly improve the lives of our clients.

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Had a consultation with Elite yesterday, I must say I was a bit nervous, but Dr Shirin was so friendly and helpful.
I was given lots of advice and was given treatment options that were within my budget.
A few weeks after the P Shot I've really started to see a difference and have gained my confidence back.

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Elite is an outstanding professional clinic with high standard treatments. All the staff members are friendly and offer you honest opinions when it comes to products and treatments. This is a welcoming clinic that I can 100% recommend. Treatments are spoken through and explained in detail, also aftercare. I have been going nearly a year now and am happy with all the treatments I’ve had, wouldn't go anywhere else. The Bocox treatment started to work within a few days, which I was surprised about. So glad I went to Elite for treatment.



Thank you Dr Shirin, the O Shot has really helped me with my Lichen Sclerosus. I'd heard about the treatment on the LS Facebook Groups and message a few people that had treatment with Dr Shirin. I was like many in the group who had run out of treatment options and using creams on a daily basis. I have to say a few months after treatment, I can see a real positive change and I'm hoping my LS will continue to improve. Dr Shirin did say that I might have to have a second treatment given how severe my case is.




A great discovery in the neighbourhood ! There is no need to go up to London for a beauty treatment of any kind. You'll find a whole range of different treatments suiting all age groups and concerns. Welcoming, reassuring, friendly, professional, high tech. I shall be back for more. I love the results of the Thread Lift I had.


Great service as always, skin is glowing very happy


Very happy with the result of my recent visit. For sure will continue with Elite in future

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We have extensive knowledge and experience in the medical and aesthetics industries, but we know that above all, the results matter! All of our treatments are vigorously tested in-house before we offer them to our clients to ensure they are safe, effective and will give you, our wonderful clients, the results you want. Your happiness, well-being and satisfaction are at the very core of everything we do here at Elite Aesthetics, and as a result we will never over-treat or carry out a procedure that Dr. Shirin, deems inappropriate or unsafe. Ethical treatment guides our practice, and we aim to become an industry leader in this respect. This means you can always feel confident that you are in safe hands when you choose Elite Aesthetics.

Our practice is led by our founder, Dr. Shirin Lakhani, who is an advocate for greater regulation in the aesthetics industry. Dr. Shirin and Elite Aesthetics believe greater regulation is vital to the development of aesthetics industry as a whole, and as such, our clinic’s philosophy is based on providing doctor-led care to the highest, medically approved standards. We adhere to stringent ethical and medical principles ensuring all the procedures we offer are safe and effective. Dr. Shirin is also fully registered with the GMC (reference number 4634863), and Elite Aesthetics is Save Face accredited, an endorsement recognised by the UK Government, The Department of Health, NHS England and the CQC (Care Quality Commission).

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17:16 05 Jun 23
Hi, Alex here,Just had my Lichen treatment today with Dr Shirin,The whole team at elite are very friendly, comforting and understanding, and did everything they could to give me a wonderful and welcoming experience. They are all so kind, friendly and knowledgeable, world experts at what they do. I am lucky to have them near London. They are also super responsive on the phone and email, so I know they care about thier patients, and I'm very well taken care of, (as with other clinics I have been to, its often difficult to get them to respond to questions), but this clinic is the most responsive I have ever seen!This is a beautiful and wonderful place and I highly recommend it, and I will be recommending it to all my friends as well. They definitely deserve the super high reviews they are getting, so I'm happy to add another one! A Big thank you from me and my family for all you have done for us during this journey!

Margaret QuirkeMargaret Quirke

19:44 11 Apr 23
Great team, friendly and professional. Made me feel very comfortable. They explain everything in detail.very welcoming upon arrival too.I've been going now for a number f weeks and the attitude and cleanliness is consistent. The reception area is always spotless no matter the weather.The staff attitude is always friendly and they put me at great ease

Salima CharifSalima Charif

09:34 30 Mar 23
Good service, honesty and excellent customer service as always 👍

Valerie LambValerie Lamb

08:40 15 Mar 23
Yesterday I had a 'body sculpt' session, to help lymphatic drainage. I was zipped into a suit up to my waist. This massaged and lightly squeezed my feet, ankles, calves, thighs and abdomen. I was breathing oxygen rich air via nasal tubes. It was very relaxing and I slept really well last night. Thank you Elite Aesthetics.

Izzy ChaplinIzzy Chaplin

20:11 09 Mar 23
Today was the first time I visited Elite. The staff were all so friendly and accommodating. Dr. Shirin is so knowledgeable and really helped me understand all the concerns I had. I will definitely be returning. I highly recommend Elite to everyone, especially those concerned with the menopause !


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