The UK government have introduced a new scheme to help menopause medication become more accessible for women suffering with symptoms. Women will be able to access drastically cheaper HRT (hormone replacement therapy) medication for the menopause with a PPC (prescription prepayment certificate). Treatment will cost one woman under £20 for an entire year’s worth of HRT.
What is HRT?
HRT is highly effective medication which helps subside menopause symptoms. This includes hot flushes, brain fog, night sweats, mood swings, and vaginal dryness.
With approximately 14 million menopausal women currently living in the UK, the new scheme will be life changing for many women struggling with the cost of living crisis. A 2022 YouGov survey suggests 1 in 10 women who are menopausal are unable or less able to afford HRT because of financial pressures.
This change has come after the Women’s Health Strategy was published in 2022. We are relieved that women’s health is finally at the forefront of the government’s agenda.
“I am saving on average £231.60 a year on prescription charges.”
Anne Marie Swift, business advisor at The Women’s Organisation, shared her experience of the menopause and her view of the government’s new scheme:
“After receiving my certificate, I am saving on average £231.60 a year on prescription charges. I have been taking HRT for nearly 10 years and have spent thousands on medication, so this is a welcome change.”
“Getting the certificate was a really simple process. All you have to do is fill out the form on the NHS website and you’re good to go. It’s great that women’s health is being taken seriously and medication is more accessible.”
How do I get my certificate?
The PPC menopause certificate costs £19.95. Once paid for, you will get unlimited access to HRT for a year. You can purchase one through the NHS website here.
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