There is much confusion around Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) and this week’s guest, consultant gynaecologist Dr Michaela Schaefer, sorts out the confusion and discusses the mode of action, merits, safety and indications of HRT. However , she also focuses intently on the patient and the surrounding factors such as lifestyle, family dynamics and psychological status. She discusses the changes that take place in the lives and bodies of her patients and how important self care and acceptance are in mastering menopause. We also take a look at some herbal alternatives that can be effective. Michaela helps us understand that menopause is a transition into a new and unfamiliar phase of life, but with the right care, support and mindset, it can also be a new lease of life.