In a major step forward, women can now access HRT without a prescription – and Boots Pharmacy is the first to offer it.

Anne Higgins, director of pharmacy at Boots, said the move was a landmark moment for women’s health“.


Women can finally access one type of HRT over the counter, and there are more products available to help relieve symptomsAuthor: Getty

She explained that women can access Gina’s vaginal tablets to treat dryness, soreness, itching and burning after a quick consultation with pharmacist in the shop, although the women still have to pay for it.

“It means treatment is more convenient and accessible for women,” she told The Sun.

“Women can go to any Boots to talk to a pharmacist about menopausal symptoms without having to make an appointment, and many stores have privacy consultation rooms.’

Boots pharmacist Bina Mehta adds: “Menopause can cause more than 40 signs and symptoms.

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“Each woman’s experience will be different and some women experience more signs and symptoms than others.

“That’s why it’s so important that we keep talking about menopause.

“I would encourage any woman who is worried or unwell to come and speak to a Boots pharmacist for personalized advice.”

So, what foods do you need to ease your way through menopause symptoms?

Here are some of our top picks…

  1. Boots Skin Edit Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Cooling Mist100ml £9.99 Boots – Feel cool and hydrated with a fast-acting, fast-absorbing mist.
Vitamin D in Holland & Barrett Tablets


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  1. Holland & Barrett vitamin D3 400 IU 10 mcg 90 tablets£2.49 – Looking after your bone and muscle health is vital during menopause, so be sure to keep a vitamin D tablet like this one handy.
  1. Boots Menopause By Complete Woman – 30 + 30 tablets£11.90 Boots – Containing calcium, vitamin D, magnesium B6 and soya isoflavones, this complex supplement is designed to help regulate hormonal activity and give you a much-needed boost of energy.
  1. Dr Wolff’s Vagisan Moisturizer£15.49, LloydsPharmacy – For internal and external use, this cream can help keep skin supple and soft, as well as relieve dryness and itchiness.
Gina HRT is now available in Boots stores


Gina HRT is now available in Boots storesCredit: Unknown, clear with image
  1. 24 Gina vaginal tablets of 10 micrograms£29.99 Boots is the first form of HRT available over the counter and it can also help relieve vaginal symptoms.
  1. LloydsPharmacy Calcium and Vitamin D Tablets£2.99 – Keep your calcium and vitamin D levels up with this cheap and healthy supplement.
  1. No7 Menopause Skincare Instant Radiance Serum 30 ml£32.95 Boots – Packed with moisture, this serum plumps, hydrates and cools hot skin.
  1. Vitabiotic Menopais 30 tablets£4.49, Holland & Barrett – They have 22 nutrients including vitamin B6, B12 and thiamine, vitamin D, vitamin C, magnesium and zinc which “support the normal functioning of the heart, nervous and immune systems”.
No7 Menopause Skincare Protect and Hydrate Cream, Boots, £32.95


No7 Menopause Skincare Protect and Hydrate Cream, Boots, £32.95Credit: Unknown, clear with image
  1. No. 7 Menopause Skincare Protect and Hydrate Day Cream 50 ml£32.95 Boots – With added SPF, this moisturizer will protect sensitive skin and keep it hydrated.
  1. Meg’s Menopause Rosey Rain cooling face spray 60 ml£15, Holland & Barrett – A spritz of this cooling spray will invigorate you, soothe your skin and contains rose oil.

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