The Menopause

It’s amazing how much, and at the same time how little, is written and spoken about the menopause.  Many people can’t even say it out loud, preferring the ominous and threatening “the change”.

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It’s amazing how much, and at the same time how little, is written and spoken about the menopause.  It is hardly ever discussed, compared to puberty or pregnancy for example, and carries a lot of negative images and stereotypes. Many people can’t even say it out loud, preferring the ominous and threatening “the change”

Although you may have experienced symptoms of the peri-menopause for a few years, officially, the menopause begins with your last period.  After 12 period-free months, you’re considered to have become post-menopausal, but that means little in reality as menopause symptoms can continue for a long time and have lasting effects. 

We don’t just want you to get through the menopause, but to have happy and healthy decades ahead.

The sooner and more proactively we tackle these symptoms, the better your quality of life will be, and the better your health will be in your post-menopausal years. It’s not a case of HRT or nothing either, there’s a whole range of treatments and strategies that can help.

Some women feel that they are going mad, with 60% women reporting that symptoms have changed their behaviour. There’s absolutely no benefit from struggling on and hoping for the best.  No badges are awarded for gritting your teeth.

These are some of the things you may be experiencing.

Physical Effects

  • Hot flushes or night sweats
  • Joint pains
  • Palpitations
  • Dry, itchy skin
  • Fatigue
  • Headache or changes in migraine pattern

Psychological Effects

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Low mood & tearfulness
  • Brain fog & forgetfulness
  • Irritability

Sexual Effects

  • Vaginal dryness
  • Painful sex
  • Loss of interest in sex
  • Difficulty in arousal or orgasm

We could give you a long list of potential symptoms, and you may have googled some already but the list can be bewildering, terrifying or downright depressing.

Instead, we prefer to talk through what’s going on and work on some solutions.  During your consultation we’ll help you to diagnose the issues and make recommendations.  Some of these may be medical, or it might be some tweaks to your lifestyle that can make a big difference to how you feel.    

A note on our language

Throughout this website, we use the term women when describing people who experience hormonal symptoms. However, we acknowledge not only those who identify as women require access to menopause and hormone health information. For example, some trans men, non-binary people, intersex people or people with variations in sex characteristics may also experience menopausal symptoms and PMS/PME or PMDD, and we warmly welcome everyone who needs this support in our clinic.

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