Our menopause clinics consist of a team of consultants and nurses, offering specialist advice and counselling. The team is also involved in research, training and development into this specialist service. The clinic is available for patients referred by their GP.
The menopause signals the end of a woman’s reproductive years and, although the average age is around 51 years old, it can occur at any age. Premature menopause occurs under the age of 40 years old in around 1% of women.
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How do I recognise I am menopausal?
Periods stopping or becoming irregular and more infrequent can be an indication of the menopause. Some women also get more frequent heavy bleeds in the peri-menopausal period, and this can continue for several years.
Vasomotor symptoms (hot flushes)
Hot flushes and sweats are very common and again can continue for a long time. On average, these can last for around seven years.
The menopause can be linked with moodiness, anxiety and tiredness but these can also be linked to lack of sleep due to night sweats.
Lack of libido or ‘sex drive’ can become really problematic during the menopause and can be due to the lack of the hormones oestrogen and progesterone.
Vaginal dryness due to low oestrogen hormones can make sex very painful and can cause pain when passing urine.
Other symptoms include muscle pain, forgetfulness and lack of concentration or ‘brain fog’.
What can I do about it?
If you are struggling with menopausal symptoms and want help, or you think you are going through a premature menopause, you should seek medical advice. Your GP can help diagnose and treat you or refer you to our menopause service.
Here are some helpful websites for further information: