Menopause is when the ovaries stop functioning, and no longer produce eggs or hormones. The menstrual cycle will stop and there can be an impact on body, mood and much more.
Women can enter into the menopause at any age, although it often begins around the age of 48-51. If your period has stopped or become irregular for longer than 6 months, it is a sign of menopause- or early menopause if you are younger than 45.
Symptoms usually last for around 4 years, although some women experience them for longer.
The earlier on in the menopause you receive treatment, the more manageable your symptoms will be.
Your gynaecologist will be able to determine if you are menopausal by performing a variety of blood tests, examinations and ultrasound scans.
The most effective treatment is HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy). This restores your body’s normal balance of estrogen, progesterone and androgen hormones. HRT is available in the form of tablets, skin patches, a gel or implants, and comes in two types:
Taking HRT early into your menopause substantially reduces the symptoms:
If you cannot take HRT for medical reasons, soya capsules with natural estrogen-like effects are a good alternative.
For further advice, please book an appointment with Queen’s Clinic by phoning us on 020 7935 5540.