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Private treatment for the difficult symptoms of menopause
During perimenopause, the female sex hormones oestrogen and progesterone fluctuate causing symptoms like hot flashes, irregular periods, and low libido (sex drive).
Most women go through menopause between the ages of forty-five and fifty-five, but it can occur earlier, either naturally or due to some medical treatments or surgery.
This page explains what menopause is and looks at some common symptoms of menopause and how they can be treated.
While some people do not experience troubling symptoms as they go through the menopause, many people find the process significantly impacts their day-to-day lives - whether physically, mentally or both. If this sounds like you, it's important to seek treatment as soon as possible. Don't suffer in silence, because there are many available treatments that could help you to feel better.
Call or book online today to arrange a consultation to discuss private menopause treatment with a consultant of your choice at Circle Health Group.
Some common symptoms of menopause include:
This is normally one of the first signs of perimenopause. Your periods may become lighter, heavier, or more irregular, and eventually they will stop altogether.
A hot flash or hot flush is a common symptom of menopause, which is where you feel suddenly hot or cold across your upper body. You may also feel dizzy. Hot flashes that occur at night are known as night sweats and are a common cause of disturbed sleep during perimenopause.
Irritability, mood swings and problems with memory and concentration may occur during menopause. You may also experience feelings of low self-esteem, depression and anxiety during this time.
Hormonal fluctuations during menopause can reduce your desire to have sex. Additionally, many women experience vaginal dryness, making sex painful. Other symptoms like difficulty sleeping, fatigue and low mood can all take their toll on your sex drive.
As our oestrogen levels drop, our body changes the way we store fat making us more likely to gain weight around our middle. We also lose muscle mass as we age, and our metabolism slows down making us more likely to gain weight.
The decline in hormone levels during menopause leads to thinning of the vaginal walls and vaginal dryness. This can make sex painful and increase your risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs).
Your consultant may recommend a combination of treatments to help with menopause symptoms.
Mild menopause symptoms can often be managed with changes to your lifestyle and daily habits.
Some things you can do yourself to help manage your symptoms include:
HRT is one of the safest and most effective treatments for menopause symptoms and involves replacing the hormones that decline during this time.
Types of HRT include:
This contains the hormone oestrogen and can be taken by women who have had a hysterectomy (removal of the womb). Oestrogen-only HRT is available as tablets, skin patches, implants or a gel or spray that is applied to the skin.
This contains the hormone progesterone. Progesterone reduces the risk of endometrial cancer and endometrial hyperplasia (thickening of the womb lining that can lead to cancer). Women who have a womb must take progesterone alongside oestrogen when taking HRT. Progesterone is available as patches (combined with oestrogen) tablets, or an intrauterine device (IUD).
This comes as a cream, ring or pessary that is applied inside the vagina. It helps relieve vaginal dryness and thinning of vaginal tissue. You can take vaginal oestrogen in combination with other forms of HRT.
Non-hormonal medications that may help with menopause symptoms include:
A blood pressure medication that can help with hot flashes
This is a medication used to treat seizures that can reduce hot flashes
Low doses of a type of antidepressant called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) may reduce hot flashes. They may also be prescribed to treat menopause-related depression or anxiety.
As oestrogen levels decline, the risk of osteoporosis increases. Osteoporosis makes our bones brittle and more likely to break. A bone density scan can show if you have, or are at risk of developing osteoporosis. If this is the case, you may be prescribed medication to help strengthen your bones.
CBD is a type of talking therapy that helps you change negative thoughts and patterns of behaviour. It can help with menopause symptoms such as low self-esteem, depression, and anxiety.
There are many natural remedies available for menopause. We do not usually recommend taking natural remedies because they are unregulated and there is no clear evidence that they work. Some natural remedies may also cause side effects and interact with other medications you are taking. Talk to your consultant before taking any natural remedies for menopause.
Your consultant will ask you some questions about your age, symptoms, and menstrual cycle. This is to help them make a diagnosis of menopause or perimenopause.
Your first consultation is also where we get to know you, discuss your expectations for treatment and encourage you to ask any questions you may have.
At Circle Health Group, we want you to be as well-informed and comfortable as possible during all stages of your treatment. Please take the opportunity to ask your consultant as many questions as you like during your first appointment.
At the end of your appointment, your consultant will discuss possible treatment options based on your symptoms, diagnosis, and preferences.
There is currently no evidence that fertility drugs used in in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment can trigger early menopause. Early menopause is usually genetic or may be due to surgery such as an oophorectomy (removal of the ovaries) or cancer treatment. One study suggested that women who had undergone IVF entered menopause slightly earlier, but the difference was insignificant and more research is needed.
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is considered the best treatment for symptoms of menopause. For women who cannot or do not want to take HRT, other treatments are available.
Perimenopausal acne is a common condition caused by fluctuations in hormone levels during perimenopause. Most cases of perimenopausal acne improve with HRT, but if you can't take HRT, or don't see an improvement, seek specialist advice from a consultant dermatologist.
Early menopause is defined as menopause before the age of forty-five and premature menopause before the age of forty. It is usually treated with HRT or the combined contraceptive pill to restore your hormone levels.
Oestrogen protects against diseases like osteoporosis and heart disease and HRT is normally recommended at least until you reach the age of natural menopause to reduce the risk of these conditions.
If you would like to see a consultant or learn more about menopause treatment, book your appointment online today or call a member of our team directly on 0141 300 5009.
Content reviewed by Circle in-house team in March 2023. Next review due March 2026.