MENOPAUSE

Menopause literally means your periods stopping, ‘meno’ referring to your menstrual cycle and ‘pause’ referring to the cycle stopping.  It marks the move from the reproductive to the non-reproductive stage of your life.

When does Menopause occur?

Menopause usually occurs between 45 and 55 years of age, with an average age of 51. It is a natural part of aging that sees oestrogen and other hormone levels decline in the months or years leading up to it (perimenopause).  As this happens, your periods may become heavier or lighter and less frequent or irregular, sometimes stopping for months before returning, until they stop altogether.  The medical definition of menopause is when you have gone 12 months without a period.

What are the symptoms of Menopause?

  • Hot Flushes
  • Night Sweats
  • Sleep problems
  • Mood changes
  • Brain fog
  • Reduced sex drive (libido)
  • Joint and muscle aches and pains
  • Hair and skin changes
  • Headaches
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs)

Menopause Treatments – Hormone Replacement Therapy

As menopause is a result of your body producing less hormones, one of the most effective ways to treat symptoms is to replace those hormones using hormone replacement therapy (HRT).  While helping relieve symptoms of menopause, HRT also protects you from osteoporosis, heart disease and other conditions associated with aging.  There are many types of HRT and your GP can discuss your options with you to choose which one is best for you.

Continuous Combined HRT Products

Continuous combined HRT is suitable for postmenopausal women who still have an intact womb (have not had a hysterectomy) and who have not had a period in more than 12 months. It consists of a daily dose of both oestrogen and progestogen, administered as an oral tablet daily or regular release from a transdermal patch which is usually changed twice weekly.

Medication Dose 1 month 3 months 6 months
Patch Evorel Conti® 50/mcg/170mcg 22.95 62.95 121.95
Tablet Kliogest® 2mg/1mg 10.95 27.95 50.95
Tablet Activelle® 1mg/0.5mg 11.95 31.95 59.95
Tablet Angeliq® 1mg/2mg 17.95 49.95 96.95
Tablet Indivina® 1mg/2.5mg 12.95 33.95 64.95
Tablet Indivina® 1mg/5mg 12.95 33.95 64.95
Tablet Indivina® 2mg/5mg 12.95 33.95 64.95
Tablet Femoston Conti® 0.5mg /2.5mg 12.95 33.95 63.95
Tablet Femoston Conti® 1mg /5mg 12.95 32.95 61.95

Oestrogen-only HRT Products

Oestrogen-only HRT is suitable for women who have had their womb (uterus) removed during a hysterectomy. It can also be used in combination with a progestogen product for women with an intact uterus.
Medication Dose 1 Month 3 Months 6 Months
Patch Evorel® 50mcg 11.95 29.95 54.95
Patch Estradot® 37.5mcg 12.95 32.95 60.95
Patch Estradot® 50mcg 12.95 34.95 64.95
Patch Estradot®  75mcg 14.95 38.95 73.95
Patch Estradot®  100mcg 14.95 38.95 73.95
Tablet Fematab®  1mg 5.95 11.95 19.95
Tablet Fematab®  2mg 6.95 15.95 28.95
Tablet Estrofem®  2mg 8.95 21.95 39.95
Tablet Premarin®  0.625mg 6.95 15.95 27.95
Tablet Premarin®  1.25mg 6.95 17.95 30.95
Gel Divigel® 0.1% gel  1mg 16.95 45.95 87.95
Gel Oestrogel® Pump-pack gel  750mcg 12.95 31.95 58.95

Progestogen HRT Products

Postmenopausal women with an intact uterus taking HRT must include progestogen in addition to oestrogen in their regimen.  The doctor may prescribe this in a combination product or the two hormones separately.  If they are prescribed separately, below is a list of progestogen-only products that can be used together with an oestrogen-only product.
Medication Dose 1 Month 3 Months 6 Months
Tablet Provera® 10mg 24.95 69.95 136.95
Tablet Duphaston® 10mg 12.95 33.95 64.95
Capsule Utrogestan 100mg 22.95 62.95 122.95
Capsule Utrogestan 200mg 13.95 38.95 72.95

Local Oestrogen Therapies

In addition to systemic HRT which is absorbed by the body to treat all the common symptoms of the menopause, low-dose vaginal preparations of oestrogen are also available to treat vaginal symptoms, such as vaginal dryness. These low-dose vaginal preparations will not improve other symptoms of menopause, such as hot flushes, or protect against the longer term complications of menopause, such as osteoporosis. As they are low dose and are not absorbed by the body, they can be used on their own without using a progestogen.
Medication Dose 1 Month 3 Months 6 Months
Pessary Vagifem® 10mcg 31.95 91.95 178.95
Cream Ovestin® 1mg/gram (0.5mg per dose) 22.95 63.95 122.95
Pessary Imvaggis® 0.03mg 24.95 68.95 132.95

Prescription Pricing Information

A valid prescription is required before we supply any prescription medications. For tablets & capsules, a one month supply is 28 days. All of our prices are for generic versions of the medications listed. For branded products, please contact us for prices.

Non-prescription products

Switching to Healthwave

Your prescription

To start using Healthwave for prescriptions we’ll need your prescription sent to us. Prescriptions can now be sent electronically by your hospital, GP or online doctor.

Doctors and pharmacies now use a system called Healthmail to exchange prescriptions digitally.

Our Healthmail address is healthwave.dundrum@healthwave.ie

Creating your order

If you have a prescription with us, the quickest way to place an order is to use our digital assistant. The assistant will collect your details for our pharmacists to review. Our pharmacists will contact you and arrange delivery. You will then receive a payment link where you can securely pay online.

 

Creating your order

If you have a prescription with us, the quickest way to place an order is to use our digital assistant. The assistant will collect your details for our pharmacists to review. Our pharmacists will contact you and arrange delivery. You will then receive a payment link where you can securely pay online.

Nationwide Delivery

We deliver to all addresses in The Republic of Ireland, to both home and work/office locations. Once we have your prescription from your GP, your medications will be checked by our pharmacists and dispatched for next day delivery. We cannot ship prescription medications outside of Ireland due to regulations.

Discrete Packaging

All of our medication orders are sent in discreet packaging without any Healthwave branding on the outside. We use double walled cardboard boxes to protect your medications as well as specialised cold-chain packaging for fridge items.

Pharmacists at hand

With Healthwave, you have your very own personal pharmacist in your pocket. If you need any help or advice on your medications, our team of pharmacists is available by phone call, text message and email whenever you need.

Help & Support

The Menopause Hub is a great resource where you will find helpful information and tips during your menopausal years.