Comprehensive Menopause Care

Menopause care should be individualised to each person.  At Ingo Health we take the time to treat each person as a whole rather than just individual symptoms.

Our service covers: Perimenopause, menopause and primary ovarian insufficiency

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What is Menopause?

Menopause is a natural part of ageing that usually occurs between 45 and 55 years of age as your oestrogen levels decline.​

When you haven't had a period for 12 consecutive months, this is termed menopause.  However, menopausal symptoms can begin months, or even years before your periods stop. 

Diagnosing Menopause

If menopausal symptoms are affecting your day-to-day life you should seek treatment.  We should be able to tell you if you are in perimenopause or menopause based upon your age, symptoms and how often you have periods.  If you are taking any hormonal treatments (e.g to treat heavy periods) it can be more challenging to know when you have reached menopause.

You are unlikely to need tests, but you may be offered a blood test if: 

  • You are between 40 and 45 and have menopausal symptoms, including changes in your menstrual cycle

  • You are under 40 and your doctor suspects you are in menopause

In these cases you may be offered a FSH (follicle-stimulating hormone) test.

Menopause Symptoms

Most women will experience some symptoms of the menopause, but the duration and severity of these varies from person to person.

 

Common symptoms:

  • Changes to your periods - they may become unusually light or heavy and/or the frequency of your periods may also be affected

  • Hot flushes - short sudden feelings in of heat which can make you feel very uncomfortable

  • Night sweats - hot flushes that occur at night

  • Difficulty sleeping - which may lead to you feeling tired and irritable in the day

  • Reduced sex drive (libido)

  • Problems with memory or concentration

  • Vaginal dryness and pain or itching during sex or not being able to wear tight clothes

  • Headaches

  • Mood changes such as low mood or anziety

  • Palpitations

  • Joint stiffness or aches and pains

  • Reduced muscle mass

  • Recurrent urinary tract infections

 

The menopause also can increase your risk of developing certain other problems such as osteoporosis.