Menopause is a natural event in a woman’s life it occurs around the age of 52, but can happen earlier if surgically induced by removal of the ovaries. Pre-ovarian failure can occur at a much younger age, and is important to identify and treat. Menopause is normally associated with cessation of menstrual periods, but the symptoms of the menopause can start earlier in the peri-menopause. This time can be from six months to six years before periods stop, and will often need treatment to relieve symptoms.
Women experience different symptoms during this time and might be suffering from some or all of the menopause symptoms on the list below.
- Hot flushes
- Night sweats
- Mood swings
- Hyper anxiety
- Bladder problems
- Low energy
- Loss of sex drive
- Dry vagina
- Hair loss
- Weight gain
Most of these menopause symptoms can however be reversed and at Holistic Medical Clinic the hormonal imbalances at the time of the menopause are treated in many different ways, each menopause treatment prescribed for the individual patient.
At the first appointment for the menopause a full medical history is taken, and a discussion about, which relevant tests are deemed necessary. (These can be blood, saliva or urine tests)
Other investigation may be trans-vaginal ultrasound, bone density scan, and breast screening, all referred within 5 minutes’ walk from Holistic Medical Clinic.
At the second appointment the results are discussed and a treatment plan made. Blood pressure and weight are taken and if necessary further examination is carried out.
This can all be done in one day.
The menopause is a milestone in a woman’s life and needs professional support to go forward in a positive way. Gail Sheehy the famous American author wrote a book celebrating the menopause (The Silent Passage), in which she writes; “Women are always a very important part of professional and family life, and it is therefore very important to stay positive and get the right treatment during the menopausal and post menopausal years”.