The menopause usually occurs for women between the ages of 45 – 55 and is characterised by a gradual decrease of the hormone oestrogen.
The menopause is a natural part of the ageing process, leading to the cessation of a woman’s menstruation and ability to get pregnant. The hormonal changes are the ones that stop women from having periods. The ovaries will drop the number of hormones (oestrogen and progesterone) they produce. This change occurs over time and your period will stop eventually; however, going through menopause can be challenging for some. Many women have difficulty sleeping or may experience mild to moderate depression.
Menopause and the physical and emotional effects
Early symptoms can include:
✔ poor sleep,
✔ vaginal dryness,
✔ lack of libido,
✔ hot flushes,
✔ irregular periods,
✔ mood changes and weight gain (caused by a slowing of the metabolism).
It is common to be emotionally affected by the menopause and most women will notice changes in how they feel. Common examples are anxiety or irritability, triggered by the amount of stress or lack of sleep. It is advised to see a doctor if you feel overwhelmed by the mood swings you experience or the depressive episodes. Our GPs will be able to help you and recommend a treatment that works for you
Some women can also experience premature menopause, which can happen before they turn 40 years old. This can be a natural occurrence because your ovaries stop working or it can be a result of chromosomal and autoimmune disorders triggered by a hysterectomy or chemotherapy and radiotherapy that you might have had in the past.
Seeing one of our Menopause Specialists
If you think you may be experiencing symptoms of the menopause, it may be helpful to book in for a check-up with a Midland Health GP. Testing may include:
- Blood tests to diagnose perimenopause/menopause
- Arrange other tests such as ultrasound scan and bone density scans
- Prescribing HRT
- Prescribing medication to prevent the further thinning and weakening of bones (osteoporosis)
- Discussing lifestyle measures to help you get through the menopause.
- Medical history and lifestyle assessment
- Height, weight and BMI check
- Urine analysis, diabetes risk, anaemia risk and cardiovascular disease risk
- Thorough blood analysis to look at thyroid risk
- A detailed look at liver disease risk, kidney disease risk and cholesterol risk
At Midland Health, we aim to support you through these changes and are always on hand for expert advice and guidance. A consultation with one of our experienced GP within our private menopause clinic can help to plan a pathway through your menopause; finding ways to manage symptoms, prevent other conditions associated with the menopause and move with confidence into later life.
It’s also an opportunity for you discuss anything that may be worrying or concerning you. Our Midland Health GPs are great listeners and can offer you the right medical advice and help you live life better.
- Standard GP Consultation (30 min) - £120
- Female Menopause Health Check - £450
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