Doctors warned last night of an influx of demands from women in the midst of an HRT crisis.
GP stated that & # 39; more and more patients panic & # 39; because half of the HRT drug brands are currently out of stock.
The shortage is hitting nearly 200,000 British women on HRT and is set to continue next year.
On Saturday, the Daily Mail announced the scale of the problem, affecting all high street pharmacies including Boots and Lloyds.
GPs say that & # 39; more and more patients are raging & # 39; because half of the branded HRT drugs are currently out of stock (file image)
Doctors say doctors are increasing their workload because they are forced to spend many hours finding alternative tr  HRT drugs, administered as patches, pills or gels, provide estrogen that the body stops producing during menopause.
Supply chain problems are forcing manufacturers to stop producing certain HRT brands, which have a & # 39; effect of domino & # 39 ;, causing shortcomings of successors.
Thousands of women have had to switch brands over the past few weeks, sometimes causing symptoms of crushing including night sweats and sadness to & # 39; back with a vengeance. I'm sorry. of the British Medical Association, said he hopes to increase calls from women this week.
& # 39; This is what happens every time there is a shortage of any product – people can be more worried, "he said. & # 39; This is especially the case for products like HRT that we prescribe. three or six months at a time … understand if they are concerned about their product being unavailable. & # 39;
Thousands of women have had to switch brands over the past few weeks , sometimes causing symptoms of crushing including night sweats and sadness to & # 39; re back with a vengeance & # 39; (file image)
He said there was a shortage of HRT in the last year , although it is cool g a 'specific problem' over the last few weeks.
& # 39; We missed playing ping-pong of pharmacy, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; We & # 39; are taking prescriptions, pharmacies don't get them, we take out others, pharmacies don't.
& # 39; Usually we need to talk to pharmacies to find out what they actually got in order for us to find something as close as possible to the prescription a woman needs.
Rage of women left without HRT drugs
Women said yesterday how they were & # 39; hunting round for miles & # 39; to try and get their HRT prescriptions.
Bev Fitzsimmons from London said: & # 39; My previous prescription is not available. Symptoms return with retaliation with a sleep disturbance equivalent to a very irritable old woman. & # 39;
Candice Watson from Hastings in East Sussex says: & # 39; I have now been given tablets that I first said I should not treat as I am a smoker and they do my tummy really. What's the point in prescribing something that's impossible to handle? I hope I didn't bother starting HRT today. & # 39;
Janet Thursfield from Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, said: & # 39; I first had trouble with a repeat prescription before Christmas and was given an alternative to try. Menopause has become a nightmare and shortage only adds to the stress. & # 39;
Vicki Penn from Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, said: & # 39; I used to have FemSeven patches but I haven't had it for over six months. On tablets now but still trying to find one that suits me. & # 39;
Paula Menso from East Sussex said: & # 39; Why is there a national shortfall in all forms of HRT that affects thousands of women on welfare? And what is being done about it? Deciding to have a phone around to get a prescription and then just swapping meds to find I couldn't get either. & # 39;
Patricia Stiemke from Essex was forced to visit several pharmacies to find a month's stock of Elleste Duo pills. & # 39; Having a disruption to my supply certainly has negative consequences, & # 39; he said. & # 39; In my case, it certainly affected my ability to enjoy life – and also some form of lust. & # 39;
Pharmacists have also revealed that women are desperate to ring around chemists to try and find one that stocks their HRT prescription. Christine Plummer, from Dartford, Kent, said: & # 39; I work in a pharmacy and we have some women who are desperate to go around looking for stocks of their HRT. & # 39; ;
Another pharmacy worker wrote on social media: & # 39; Unfortunately, it has been going on since December.
& # 39; I work in a pharmacy and our suppliers are having trouble getting most of the HRT goods and we have a limited supply to prescribe. & # 39;
& # 39; It takes a lot of time for GPs and this is very frustrating for patients who find themselves taking prescriptions around other pharmacies. & # 39;
Dr Hannah Short, a GP who specializes in menopause, added: & # 39; More and more of my patients are at risk. & # 39; Last night the Royal College of GPs advised women in HRT to 'start thinking early & # 39; about updating their prescription.
Helen Stokes-Lampard, chairman of the college, said the shortage was & # 39; s depressing and slowing down everyone & # 39;
& # 39; For some products, it was in the empire blip as they desperately wanted to make them, & quot; & # 39; This is because it has had a domino effect – demand has skyrocketed for their products while others are long-term unavailable. For longer-term products, including patches, this will occur in early 2020 before supply issues can be resolved. & # 39;
He stated that GPs and pharmacists were kept in the dark by suppliers about the shortage because information was & # 39; commercial sensitive. '
The GP, who works in Lichfield, Staffordshire, added: & # 39; I called the operation Friday and it was a real and very frustrating problem – not only in terms of increasing the GP workload, as looking for suitable alternatives is a long time, but it can be stressful for those patient. & # 39; More than a dozen commonly prescribed HRT drugs are out of stock or in short supply.
These include most Elleste tablets, FemSeven Sequi and Conti patches. Evorel 50 patch and Estradot patch.
Lloyds supplier AAH Pharmaceutical has run out of 15 of the 24 HRT brands it manages. nine out of 27 HRT products while an additional five are low in stock.
A number of factors are behind the shortcomings including difficulties in obtaining adhesive substances that keep HRT layers stuck to the skin. When a drug is not available, pharmacists try to match the patient with a similar brand that continues to provide the necessary balance of hormones. But alternatives are not available for some of the drugs out of stock, including integrated patches such as FemSeven Conti. .
A Department of Health and Social Care spokesman said: & # 39; We work closely with all providers to maintain overall flow of medicines to patients. their doctor. & # 39;
The Louise of the BBC: I need to keep the studio cool
Louise Minchin says that the temperature in the BBC Breakfast studio is lowered to help her warm flushes.
Instructor says: & # 39; The studio is really cold right now. We have a "Louise" setting in air conditioning. I'm sorry. & # 39; I may have wrinkles, but I have muscles, & # 39; said the mother of two.
Sky News broadcaster Miss Burley, 58, said: & # 39; I am not used to talking about it but the boys in the office are shy and think, "Why is he so hot and bothered?" Today I told them: "Just having a power surge – it'll be gone in a minute". & # 39;
He added: & # 39; There is no better time in history for women of our age today. & # 39;