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Menopause Support

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Are menopause symptoms making your life miserable? Many women find the menopause, also known as the ‘change of life’, to be a challenging time. At RIC we have years of experience treating menopause symptoms so we understand what you’re going through.

What is the Menopause?

The menopause refers to the end of menstruation, diagnosed after you experience 12 months without menstrual periods. Hormonal changes and symptoms occur over a period leading up to the time when they stop and immediately afterwards.

It happens to most women sometime after the age of 45 (the average age is 51-52). At this time the body stops producing eggs because of a fall in the level of oestrogen, the female sex hormone which regulates your periods.
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The Two Stages of the Menopause
  • Peri-menopause: This refers to the period before the menopause which can last for a number of years, during which oestrogen levels start to fall, bringing about a number of mental and physical changes.
  • Post-menopause: You’re considered to have undergone menopause once you haven’t had a period for 12 months.
Menopause Symptoms

Common symptoms associated with menopause are hot flushes (quite frequent in 50-80% of women), night sweats, difficulty sleeping, vaginal discomfort, painful intercourse, mood changes, weight gain and bloating, painful breast and headaches.

If you’re suffering with any of the above, please come and see us. We can help you feel like yourself again.

Effects of Menopause

Long-term effects of menopause can include coronary artery disease, heart disease, bone loss and colorectal cancer.

We can improve your quality of life by relieving and controlling symptoms with treatment to preserve bone and lower the risk of disease.
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Menopause – Treatment Options

We tailor our treatment according to your individual needs and can help combat most of the usual menopausal symptoms. An annual risk/benefit assessment is needed to ensure we have an up-to-date profile of your health.

Treatment options include:

  • Low dose Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
  • Non-hormonal treatment
  • Local treatment for isolated symptoms

Whatever you choose, our consultant will discuss the benefits and risks of each treatment option and advise on the best course of action for you.
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