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:
Vaginal dryness or soreness
Loss of libido
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.
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
Blood tests to diagnose perimenopause/menopause
Arrange other tests such as ultrasound scan and bone density scans
Prescribing medication to prevent the further thinning and weakening of bones (osteoporosis)
Discussing lifestyle measures to help you get through the menopause
If you'd like to book an appointment or make an enquiry, please give us a call on 0300 247 0121.
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Anyone can use our clinic alongside their NHS GP if they wish to. We take your privacy extremely seriously and will only use your personal information to administer your account and to provide the services you have requested from us.
We have both male and female doctors as part of our team and we will always do our best to accommodate your request for a preferred doctor. You can select an appointment with your choice of doctor online.
We don’t take a payment upfront for our GP services. We always request that you tell us as soon as possible if you can’t attend an appointment. We do take a payment upfront for our consultant appointments and that can be done at the time of booking. We’ll be more than happy to cancel or re-schedule any consultant appointments for free up to 24 hours before your appointment. If your appointment is less than 24 hours away, our policy is that we ask for 50% of your total booking fee as a late cancellation fee. If you feel you may be late for your appointment, please contact us on 0300 247 0121 and we will do what we can to help you.
Your doctor may feel that further tests, for example blood tests, are needed in order to confirm any diagnosis. Please bear in mind that you will need need to pay for these additional tests yourself, but whether you decide to go ahead with these is up to you. You should always feel your doctor has given you enough information to help you make an informed decision about any of the options for additional services they might go through with you.
Currently unless you are a non-UK resident we are unable to directly accept any PMI or private health insurance. In some cases for non-UK residents your international health insurance may mean that you can use Virgin Care Private as part of your policy. Please check with your insurer. Any additional tests that your doctor may feel are necessary may also be available through the NHS. If you are interested in this please ask the doctor or consultant to advise. Unfortunately most UK-based private health insurance schemes do not cover primary care (such as private GP consultations), though some insurance companies require specialist referrals to be made by a GP (private or NHS) before they will cover the cost. Some policies cover the cost of laboratory tests. We are not able to liaise with insurance companies directly, and you will therefore need to pay for your treatment as a private patient. We will provide you with an itemised invoice to assist you in reclaiming any payments your insurance company may be able to cover.
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