What is the menopause?

The word menopause actually means your last menstrual period. Meno- refers to your menstrual cycle and –pause literally means stop. However, the actual definition of being menopausal is when you have not had a period for one year.

The menopause occurs when your ovaries stop producing eggs and as a result the levels of your hormones called oestrogen and progesterone hormone fall.

The term perimenopause is often used as this is the time in which you experience menopausal symptoms but are still having periods. These periods are often more irregular and scanty than they used to be.

Most women will experience some symptoms around the menopause. The duration and severity of these symptoms varies from woman to woman. For some women these symptoms can be as short as a few months and others may experience them for many years.

On average, most symptoms last around four years from your last period. However, around 1 in every 10 women experience them for up to 12 years.

Symptom of the perimenopause and menopause may include:

  • Irregular periods
  • Hot flushes
  • Night sweats
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Low mood
  • Increased anxiety/irritability
  • Vaginal dryness or soreness
  • Loss of libido
  • Palpitations
  • Joint stiffness, aches and pains


Making the diagnosis

Our GPs will be able to take a detailed history of your symptoms, examine you and undertake blood tests to establish whether you have gone through the menopause or are menopausal. Depending on the history they may suggest some further tests such as pelvic ultrasounds and/or a bone density scan. The bones are much more likely to weaken during and following the menopause.

Treatment

Our expert private GPs will be able to offer advice on Hormone replacement therapy (HRT), prescribe and also discuss other lifestyle measures to help treat your menopausal symptoms and prevent fractures.

We’re here for:

  • Loss of libido
  • Palpitations
  • 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 


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