Sometimes called "the change" you may find you view menopause with mixed feelings as you recognise a different stage in your life. Menopause usually happens between the ages of 45 and 55.

Premature menopause can occur due to choromosomal disorders, autoimmune disorders, following surgical removal of the uterus and/or ovaries (hysterectomy) or following chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

Hormonal changes cause you to stop having periods. The amount of the hormones (oestrogen and progesterone) your ovaries produce at this time drops significantly.

Common issues during the menopause

In the run-up to the menopause, your periods become very erratic and sometimes heavy. Your periods will usually not stop suddenly but become less frequent and then stop gradually. The menopause sometimes aggravates osteoporosis – bone mass is lost because of the reduced levels of some hormones.

Menopausal women often experience:

  • Tiredness
  • Hot flushes
  • Night sweats and sleeplessness
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Headache and joint pain
  • Grogginess
  • Depression
  • Reduced sex drive
  • Difficulty doing usual tasks

How we can help you get through the menopause

We take a holistic approach to menopause and how we help women to manage their symptoms. Ensuring a healthy diet and preventing weight gain can reduce the severity of symptoms and our consultants work closely with our gyms and dietitians to provide lifestyle advice, which may include recommendations about minimising your intake of caffeine, alcohol or spicy foods. 

We also offer hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to make the menopause easier. HRT replaces your lost hormones to counteract the effects of the menopause. Your consultant can recommend the right type of HRT that's right for you. 

The most common way to have HRT is by a daily tablet, but there are other ways:

  • A skin patch applied to the skin
  • A small pellet or implant under the skin
  • Gel medication applied to the skin

Benefits of HRT:

  • Relief from hot flushes and night sweats
  • Maintenance of muscles tone, helping reduce any incontinence problems
  • Reduced mood swings
  • Help with sleep disturbances
  • Effective treatment for vaginal dryness
  • Help for hormonal related mood swings
  • Reduced risk of osteoporosis

It’s important to discuss all aspects with your consultants, to decide what’s best for you, as not all treatments suit everyone.