What is Zumenon HRT?
Zumenon is a powerful form of HRT that contains a synthetic form of oestrogen called estradiol.
During the menopause, the levels of oestrogen in the body begin to drop, leading to symptoms such as hot flushes, thinning hair, night sweats and a disrupted menstrual cycle. There are lots of different menopause symptoms that women can experience before, during and after menopause.
Zumenon tops up oestrogen levels at this time, alleviating distressing or frustrating symptoms so that you can feel more comfortable and able to get on with daily life.
You will be prescribed either 1 mg or 2 mg of Zumenon. This dose will be regularly reviewed to ensure this is the correct strength for you. Because HRT can increase the risk of developing certain cancers and blood clots, it is advised that women only take the lowest possible dose for the shortest amount of time to manage their symptoms.
Zumenon tablets are manufactured by Mylan and come in packs of 84.
What is Zumenon used for?
Zumenon is used to alleviate menopause symptoms. When taken correctly and at the optimum dose, Zumenon tablets can help significantly improve some women’s quality of life during or after the menopause.
Zumenon can reduce the following symptoms of the menopause:
- Hot flushes
- Night sweats
- Difficulty sleeping
- Vaginal dryness and irritation
- Reduced sex drive
- Low mood or mood changes
- Digestive problems
- Thinning hair
- Joint pain
- Weight gain
Zumenon can help to treat these symptoms, providing relief during menopause.
How does Zumenon work?
During the menopause, a woman’s ovaries naturally reduce the production of the hormone oestrogen.
Zumenon is a HRT — hormone replacement therapy. HRT is designed to replace the hormones oestrogen and progesterone that decrease during menopause.
In particular, decreasing oestrogen levels are responsible for most menopause symptoms that are experienced, ranging from physical symptoms such as hot flushes to psychological effects such as low mood or irritability.
Zumenon tablets contain either 1 mg or 2 mg of the active ingredient estradiol (or estradiol hemihydrate), which copies how oestrogen works, and increases oestrogen levels in the body.
By taking this extra oestrogen every day, women can ease the symptoms they experience at this time.
Zumenon and weight gain
Weight changes (either loss or gain) are listed as a side effect of Zumenon because some users have reported it.
However, it is difficult to say whether Zumenon and weight gain are truly linked, and there is currently little clinical evidence to suggest weight changes are a result of using Zumenon. There is currently no research that concludes that any form of HRT genuinely causes weight gain.
Women of menopausal age tend to notice an increase in their weight, regardless of whether they are using any form of HRT or not. This is because of the decrease in hormones — low oestrogen levels have recently been linked to weight gain, causing a lower metabolic rate, increase in appetite, and a build-up of fat.
Ageing is also a factor to consider, with the loss of muscle mass, a naturally slowing metabolism and reduced activity levels all contributing to weight gain around this time.
It is therefore recommended that you should continue to get regular exercise and eat a balanced diet to maintain a healthy weight.
Weight gain may also be due to fluid retention and digestive issues, making women feel bloated. This will usually resolve within the first three months of use.
How long does Zumenon take to work?
You should notice a significant improvement in menopausal symptoms during the first few weeks of starting to take Zumenon.
You may experience some side effects during these first few weeks or months of treatment, while your body gets used to the new hormone levels. You can read more about Zumenon side effects here.
It can take up to three or four months for some users to see the full benefit of HRTs like Zumenon.
If you don’t think that Zumenon is helping to alleviate your symptoms within this time — or it is making you feel worse — then it’s a good idea to speak to your doctor and review your HRT treatment. They may suggest changing your dose (either increasing or decreasing) or trying another type of HRT. Your GP will probably start you off on the Zumenon 1mg strength tablets before changing to a stronger dose if your symptoms do not improve in time.
Other hormone replacement therapy options
There are multiple HRT options available on prescription, including those containing just oestrogen, or combined HRT containing both oestrogen and progesterone. The right treatment for you will depend on a few different things.
Zumenon alternatives: oestrogen-only HRTs
Elleste Solo and Progynova are different brands of HRT which contain the same active ingredient as Zumenon — estradiol (a version of oestrogen).
Because these HRTs are so similar, your GP may prescribe any of them for you, and you are unlikely to encounter any unexpected side effects or have a different experience. However, if you are concerned about this, you can speak to your doctor for assurance.
Like Zumenon, both Progynova and Elleste Solo are only recommended for people who have had a hysterectomy. This is because it carries an increased risk of developing endometrial cancer when taken alone.
For more information about which HRTs you can buy from The Independent Pharmacy, visit our dedicated menopause advice and treatment page.
If you are looking to start HRT or would like to change to a different treatment, you should discuss your options with your doctor or specialist.