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Menopause

The menopause is when a woman no longer has a period and is no longer able to get pregnant naturally. Menstruation can sometimes stop suddenly when reaching the menopause, but it is more likely that periods will become less frequent, with longer intervals in between each one before stopping altogether.

The average age for women to reach the menopause is 52 in the UK, although women can experience the menopause at 30 or 40. When a woman experiences the menopause under the age of 45 it is known as premature menopause.

What causes the menopause?

Menopause is caused by a change in the balance of the body’s sex hormones. In the lead up to the menopause oestrogen levels decrease, causing the ovaries to stop producing an egg each month. Oestrogen is the female sex hormone that regulates a woman’s periods. The fall in oestrogen also causes both physical and emotional symptoms including hot flushes, night sweats, mood swings, and vaginal dryness.

Treatment

Most women do not need treatment but treatments are available if symptoms are severe and interfere with your day to day life. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a common treatment, helping to relieve menopausal symptoms by replacing oestrogen. HRT is available in many forms including tablets, creams, gels, skin patches, or implants.

Wellwoman Clinic

The Wellwoman Clinic is a specialist centre offering assessment and treatment of gynaecological conditions. We treat women of all ages, prioritising patient needs and comfort throughout their treatment.

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Patient information

Our Hospital is renowned for providing exemplary levels of care across more than 90 services. From orthopaedics, to urology, ENT, as well as a private GP practice and our urgent care centre, Casualty First, our services are led by some of London’s leading Consultants. For more information, and to find a service suitable for your care, find out more about the services that we offer.

Make an enquiry

If you have any questions relating to treatment options or pricing information then get in touch with us by filling out one of our contact boxes or giving us a call on 020 7806 4098.

Our Appointments Team have a dedicated and caring approach to finding you the earliest appointment possible with the best specialist.

 If you are self-paying you don’t need a referral from your GP for a consultation. You can simply refer yourself* and book an appointment.

If you have medical insurance (e.g. Bupa, Axa PPP, Aviva), you will need to contact your insurer to get authorisation for any treatment and, in most cases, you will require a referral letter from your GP.

If you do not have a GP, then we have an in-house private GP practice that you can use. Alternatively we can suggest the most appropriate course of action for you to take, given your location and individual circumstance.

*Please note – for investigations such as X-rays and MRI’s a referral will be required. However, we may be able to arrange this for you through our on-site private GP.

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