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Are you going through the menopause?


The Menopause usually happens between the ages of 45 and 55, when your body has lower hormones levels and your periods stop.


Perimenopause is when you experience symptoms of the menopause before your periods have stopped.


Symptoms of the menopause and perimenopause

  • Your periods may be irregular and different to what you are used to until they stop completely

  • Hot flushes

  • Headaches

  • Muscle and joint pain

  • Weight gain

  • Vaginal dryness

  • Change in libido

  • Palpitations

  • Changes to your skin

  • Night sweats and difficulty sleeping

  • Mood swings, anxiety and low mood

  • Memory problems

Symptoms vary for each individual and can last for different periods of time, and some symptoms can last after you have been through the menopause.


Things to help with the symptoms of menopause

  • Take supplements such as calcium and vitamin D, or enrich your diet with calcium rich foods to keep your bones healthy and reduce your risk of osteoarthritis

  • Maintain a healthy balance diet

  • Exercise regularly

  • Speak to other women going through the menopause

  • Try to reduce your stress levels

  • Do not smoke

  • Reduce your alcohol intake

  • Use vaginal moisturising creams for dryness

Treatment for the menopause

  • Hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

HRT comes in the forms of gels, sprays, tablets, implants or skin patches and work by replacing the oestrogen hormone in your body.


If you haven't had a hysterectomy and still have your uterus (womb), you will also need to take progesterone to protect the lining of the uterus. Progesterone can be taken in the form of tablets, a coil or in a combined patch with oestrogen.


How do I book a consultation?


You can book a consultation with Evi Bakali via her secretary or direct with Spire Healthcare.


Appointments are available via private medical insurance or paying for yourself. Click here for the most up to date self funding fees and for private medical insurance information.