At Parkside Private Hospital we provide a fully comprehensive clinical service to assist women during menopause with any health-related problems during menopause and offer individualised care. Our team of specialists prescribe only regulated forms of hormone replacement, offer evidence-based menopause advice and are committed to efficacy and safety.
What Is Menopause?
Menopause is the time that marks the end of your menstrual cycles. It is diagnosed after you have gone 12 months without a menstrual period. Menopause can happen in your 40s or 50s, but the average age in the UK is 51. Menopause is a natural biological process but the low hormone levels can raise your risk for certain health problems.
Menopause is a gradual process that has three stages:
Perimenopause: This begins over several years when the ovaries gradually make less estrogen and lasts up until menopause. In the last 1 to 2 years of perimenopause, the drop in estrogen quickens and many women experience various menopause symptoms.
Menopause: This is the point of having no menstrual period for one year. At this stage, the ovaries have stopped releasing eggs and making most of their estrogen.
Postmenopause: These are the years after menopause. During this stage, menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes usually ease. However, health risks related to the loss of estrogen increase as you get older.
Common symptoms of menopause include:
- Irregular periods
- Vaginal dryness
- Hot flashes & night sweats
- Sleep problems
- Mood changes & depression
- Weight gain and slowed metabolism
- Memory problems
- Reduced libido, or sex drive
- Racing heart
- Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
- Reduced muscle mass, painful or stiff joints
- Reduced bone mass
- Hair thinning or loss
Can you test for menopause?
Yes, a blood test can be done to test your follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) level to see if you are near menopause. FSH is a hormone produced by the pituitary gland. Your FSH levels can fluctuate during perimenopause and rise dramatically as your ovaries begin to shut down at menopause. The only reliable way to know you are definitely postmenopausal is when you have had no period for a year.
How often do you need to see your doctor?
Getting regular check-ups and preventive screening tests such as pelvic exams, Pap smears, breast exams, and mammograms are among the most important things you can do for yourself. How often you need a check-up depends on your health history. Talk to our doctors to determine how often you should be seen. If you have any complex medical problems, such as a history of thrombosis, hormonal cancer such as breast cancer or family history of thrombosis it may be best to be seen by one of the consultants; otherwise you could see any one of our GP’s (see list below).
A referral letter is not required to make an appointment with any of menopause specialists team
Cost for a 30min appointment is:
£200 for our Consultants, Miss Kate Panter and Miss Claudine Domoney
£120 for our GP, Dr Dorota Urbaniak
Please see other related services offered to menopause patients on the right or below
Menopause Clinic Consultants