Oestrogen tablets are used as menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) to replace oestrogen. Your ovaries are no longer making oestrogen during perimenopause and after menopause. Using MHT can help to relieve some of the symptoms of menopause and can make a big difference to the enjoyment of life for some people. Read more about menopausal hormone therapy (MHT).
If you haven't had a hysterectomy (operation to remove the uterus), you must take another type of hormone called a progestogen as well as using the oestrogen tablets. A progestogen helps to protect the lining of the uterus. If you haven't been asked to take a progestogen with your oestrogen, talk to your doctor.
Note: Oestrogen is also available as skin patches or vaginal cream or pessaries. The information on this page is only about oestrogen tablets. Read more about oestrogen vaginal cream or pessaries or oestrogen patches.