How do I know if my symptoms are menopause related?

Many women experience a range of symptoms for several years before realising that they could be connected to the menopause or peri-menopause. Trips to the GP often result in an unsatisfactory response as there is not enough time to fully explore the possible causes.

If you are generally feeling at a low ebb and not quite sure why, it is worth considering that your symptoms could be menopause related – especially if you are over the age of 40. Our private menopause clinic gives women the chance to talk through their issues with a menopause specialist and get the help they need, at a time to suit them. We are also able to offer blood tests to investigate hormone levels and identify the best treatment programme for you.

Book an initial consultation today

Full Menopause Consultation Programme – £250

At your initial appointment we will make a full assessment of your medical history and explore the symptoms you are currently experiencing. We will also discuss bioidentical HRT and treatment options.

This will be supplemented by 2 follow up appointments at 1 week and 8 weeks from your initial consultation. This will be your opportunity to talk through any issues you are having with your menopause specialist and for your symptoms to be reviewed.

Further appointments following this period can be booked (additional costs apply).

Menopause Consultation Programme – What’s included?

Your menopause consultation fee includes:

  • A 1 hour full medical and symptom assessment
  • An appointment 1 week after first to discuss the results of any tests done at the first appointment
  • An initial bioidentical HRT prescription
  • A follow up appointment 8 weeks after starting treatment.

 

The fee does not include:

  • Any pharmacy fees for your medications – these will be invoiced directly to you
  • Any blood tests recommended – These are £245.
Ness Griffiths

Meet your Menopause Nurse

 

Ness Griffiths

Aesthetics and Menopause Nurse Practitioner

NMC 10E0349E

Ness is passionate about the delivery of menopause care and the importance of ensuring women feel supported in menopause care. She has been qualified for over 12 years and has undertaken numerous menopause specific courses. She is aware of how much of a detrimental impact menopausal symptoms have on women’s lives and how often they go underreported and untreated.

Whilst treating women for their aesthetics needs, Ness noticed that many of her patients were really struggling through their menopause journey and they felt unsupported – so she started Menopause Oracle to provide an alternative to the conventional services. Ness is an experienced nurse practitioner and prescriber with over 12 years of experience. She has a background in Emergency, Intensive and Primary Care. She has undertaken numerous specialist menopause courses to enable her to safely provide menopause care to her patients and is fully insured to do so.

Physical menopause symptoms can include:

Fatigue

Fatigue during menopause can be caused by a variety of factors such as hormonal fluctuations, sleep disturbance, stress and metabolism changes.

Headaches

Headaches are a common symptom and women who suffer migraines often find they get worse during the perimenopause and menopause. They are caused by changes in hormone levels, poor sleep, stress and other physical and psychological factors.

Weight gain

Another common symptom which is caused by the hormonal changes, decreased metabolism, a change in body fat composition and can be influenced by life style factors such as diet and exercise. The problem is often compounded by stress, debilitating other symptoms and poor motivation.

Hair loss / thinning

You may notice some hair thinning during the perimenopause and menopause. This is caused by low estrogen levels.

Irregular periods

As the ovaries stop working they produce less estrogen and progesterone and levels fluctuate and fall. These hormones control the menstrual cycle and this process often leads to unpredictable periods which may be lighter or heavier than normal, until they eventually stop altogether.

Breast tenderness

This symptom is caused by hormonal changes, specifically decreased estrogen levels which can make breast tissue less dense and more sensitive – causing tenderness or pain.

Cramping

Cramping can be caused by hormonal changes, but it can also be due to underlying health conditions which are exacerbated by the perimenopause and menopause.

Hot flushes

A common symptom – it is estimated that 75-80% of women will experience some level of vasomotor symptoms such as hot flushes or night sweats. They are caused by falling estrogen levels which can disrupt the bodies temperature regulation system – leading to sudden waves of heat, sweating and flushing. These can be uncomfortable and disruptive to daily life.

Night sweats

A common symptom – it is estimated that 75-80% of women will experience some level of vasomotor symptoms such as hot flushes or night sweats. They are caused by falling estrogen levels which can distrupt the bodies temperature regulation system – leading to sudden waves of heat, sweating and flushing. These can be uncomfortable and disruptive to daily life.

Recurrent urinary infections

Recurrent urinary tract infections are common in menopausal women and are caused by a thinning of the vaginal tissues, a decrease in good bacteria which often results in bacterial overgrowth and infection. This all stems from low estrogen levels. Genitourinary symptoms of menopause can be treated directly without the need for systemic HRT.

Emotional menopause symptoms can include:

Mood swings

Mood swings are caused by changes to hormones, especially estrogen and progesterone. This can cause irritability, anxiety, depression and other mood changes which can have a significant impact on a women’s emotional wellbeing.

Anxiety

As with other mood changes, anxiety is caused by hormone fluctuations. Many women report anxiety being extremely debilitating and unexpected.

Irritability

This is caused by changes to the hormones that occur during menopause which can cause a number of emotional symptoms including irritability.

Memory loss and brain fog

Part of a group of symptoms that affect cognition, memory loss is caused by hormonal fluctuations. It is also affected by sleep disturbances and stress which also cause forgetfulness, trouble concentrating and problems with remembering words.

Depression

Whilst his symptom is often misdiagnosed and mistreated in menopause it can be caused by both hormonal changes, significant life changes and stress. It has been shown that using antidepressants to treat of depressive type symptoms caused by perimenopause and menopause is ineffective and HRT may be more beneficial.

Loss of confidence

Another multifactorial symptom, loss of confidence can be caused directly by the physical symptoms of perimenopause and menopause but also the cognitive and emotional symptoms. On top of this perimenopausal and menopausal women often have significant life stresses and changes happening at the same time. All this together can lead to feelings of self-doubt, insecurity, a lack of confidence in one’s own abilities and appearance.

Loss of motivation

Hormonal changes can cause this symptom and testosterone has a significant role to play here. As well as that, fatigue, psychological factors such as mood changes and stress can lead to a lack of interest in socialising, fulfilling goals and engaging in once enjoyable activites.

Sexual menopause symptoms can include:

Vaginal dryness and discomfort

This is caused by a fall in estrogen levels and is one a number of symptoms known as genitourinary symptoms of menopause. The low estrogen causes thinning and drying of the vaginal walls, resulting in symptoms such as itching, burning, discomfort and an increased risk of vaginal infections.

Loss of libido

This symptom is caused by hormonal changes such as low estrogen but also low testosterone. Physical symptoms such as vaginal dryness and pain during sex, along with psychological factors such as stress, anxiety, irritability and mood changes can also contribute to a decrease in sexual desire and intimacy for women. Body changes and loss of motivation compound this issue.

Painful intercourse

This is caused by a fall in estrogen levels and is one a number of symptoms known as genitourinary symptoms of menopause. The low estrogen causes thinning and drying of the vaginal walls, which can make sex uncomfortable or even painful.

What is the menopause and peri-menopause?

Officially the menopause is the time when you have not had a period for at least 12 months.

For many women however, it is the time leading up to the menopause, known as the peri-menopause that can be the most challenging as this is when hormones start to fluctuate. The decrease in oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone during this period can feel like a roller coaster ride, with many ups and downs that result in a wide range of symptoms.

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