Menopause evaluation & Treatment – Well Woman London
If you want to have a menopause evaluation and possible follow-up treatment, and you live and/or work in London, you can make use of the walk-in well women health clinic that we offer here at Broadgate Clinic London Wall.
The Menopause Evaluation
There is no specific test to establish whether or not you are going through menopause. But if you attend Broadgate Clinic London Wall, you may be given a blood test. This blood test is used to measure the levels in your blood of FSH (Follicle Stimulating Hormone).
The doctor you see here at Broadgate Clinic London Wall for your evaluation will ask you about any potential symptoms you may be experiencing. These include:
- Hot flushes
- Mood swings
- Night sweats
- Vaginal dryness
Women under the age of 50 are usually diagnosed as having gone through the menopause after 24 months have elapsed with no periods. For women over the age of 50, the time period for a positives diagnosis is only 12 months without a period.
What is the menopause?
Menopause (often referred to as the “change of life”) signals the end of menstruation. Basically it means that your ovaries are no longer producing eggs. Your periods will lighten and stop. Sometime they cease immediately, but often they become lighter and the gap in between lengthens before stopping altogether. Once they do finally stop you are unlikely to fall pregnant.
The average age that the menopause happens for most women is 51, but it can occur earlier. Some women go through menopause in their 30s or 40s. When this happens it is known as premature menopause.
The period of leading up to menopause is known as the Perimenopause.
When women below the age of 45 experience menopause it is known as POF (Premature Ovarian Failure). In some women POF does not necessarily mean that their periods stop altogether. In certain cases of POF, women may still retain some ovarian function, albeit intermittent. It means that the ovaries are still spasmodically making eggs, therefore during this period it may still be possible to conceive.
Other causes of POF (aside from a premature but natural reduction in oestrogen) can include:
- Side effects of chemotherapy
- Side effects of radiotherapy
- The result of a hysterectomy
- Side effects of Malaria, Mumps, Shigella, or Varicella
- By-products of Addison’s disease, Down’s syndrome, Hypothyroidism, and Turner syndrome.
The menopause happens because of a change to the balance of the body’s sex hormones. Levels of oestrogen (which prior to the menopause stimulate the ovaries into producing eggs and regulate the gap between periods) decrease. Oestrogen is the female sex hormone, so when a decrease occurs, this can explain vaginal dryness.
Some women find that they can manage the symptoms of menopause through changes to their diets and lifestyles. If however you are one of the many women who experience more severe symptoms which adversely interfere with their daily lives, you may need to have specific medical treatment.
HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy)
The most common treatment for menopause is HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy). As the name suggests this treatment replaces the oestrogen that your body is no longer manufacturing. This form of treatment is available from Broadgate Clinic London Wall in many formats including: creams gels, an implant, a patch applied to the skin, or in tablet form.
There is strong evidence that HRT can cause certain types of cancer. You can discuss this with one of our clinicians in the GP consultations services we provide as part of our women health services.
Other menopause treatment options include:
- Tiboline (similar to HRT)
Some women also use a vaginal lubricant to treat vaginal dryness. This is available over the counter in our in-house pharmacy here at Broadgate Walkin Clinic London Wall.
Broadgate Clinic London Wall – no prior appointment necessary
For busy women who live and/or work in London, Broadgate Clinic London Wall provides the ideal, convenient solution, as our walk-in women health services require no prior appointment.