Most women in Malaysia are shying away from getting Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to help them cope with menopausal symptoms due to misconceptions about the therapy.
Typicalmenopausal symptoms include hot flushes, night sweats, sleep disturbances and vaginal dryness.
According to Malaysia Menopause Society president Dr HoChoon Moy, only about seven % of menopausal women in Malaysia seek HRT, mainly due to lack of awareness of the treatment and concerns regarding its safety.
Malaysian women on HRT mostly comprise those working in the medical sector, such as doctors and nurses.
The various symptoms associated with menopause are caused by reduced levels of the hormone estrogen. Also known as estrogen replacement therapy, HRT is said to be the most effective treatment to counter these symptoms.