What is menopause?

Menopause is a natural part of ageing for women when a change in oestrogen hormones occurs.

When the ovaries’ oestrogen production declines and an egg stops being released, a person will stop having periods –  this is menopause. It is usually a gradual process, however for some people, periods can stop suddenly.

Menopause usually occurs between 45 and 55 years but can occur earlier due to underlying conditions or undergoing specific cancer treatments. Premature or early menopause can occur at any age, and in some cases there’s no clear cause.

Symptoms of menopause

The majority of women will experience a range of physical and psychological symptoms of menopause. The main symptoms noted are:

  • hot flushes
  • night sweats
  • sleep disruption
  • fatigue
  • difficulty in concentration and mood disturbances, including anxiety and depression

Symptoms can often start before periods stop and last significantly longer after they stop.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms our team of private gynaecologists can help diagnose and provide personalised treatment for your condition.

Menopause diagnosis

Our gynaecologists will conduct a full clinical examination, including asking questions about your medical history and listening to you about how you’re feeling. They may also recommend a series of blood tests and investigations to measure hormone levels.

Menopause treatment

Every case of the menopause is different, therefore our team of gynaecology experts will tailor a menopause management plan specific to you. This personalised care can include but isn’t limited to:

  • lifestyle changes
  • hormone replacement therapy
  • psychological support through talking therapies

Our expert specialists will discuss all options to find a treatment that suits you.

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