What is Menopause?

Menopause may be a natural part of womanhood and can occur from the age of 45 onwards or it can occur early as a result of surgery, medical treatment or early ovarian failure. If you’re experiencing hot flushes, vaginal dryness or sleep disturbances – then you might be experiencing the first signs and symptoms of menopause.

Menopause means the ending of your menstrual cycle and the time leading up to periods stopping is called the peri-menopause

How can we help

The uncomfortable symptoms that some women experience during menopause can be treated in a number of ways, including lifestyle changes, Menopause Hormone Therapy (MHT), other non hormonal  medications and psychological approaches.

My purpose is to help women with a wide range of issues, including:

  • Hot flushes and night sweats
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Loss of libido
  • Unwanted hair growth
  • Bodily aches and pains
  • Sleeping difficulties
  • Mood changes (anxiety, depression, irritability, forgetfulness, mood swings etc.)


I welcome women with compassion and understanding. I understand that women can experience physical and emotional changes during menopause, so I take the time to listen to your challenges and concerns while tailoring your treatment plan.

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Common Menopause Medicine Issues

Menopause that occurs any time from age 45 onwards is considered normal but despite being a natural part of a woman’s life cycle, it can be a time where unpleasant symptoms have a significant impact on a woman’s wellbeing. Hot flushes, sweats, sleep disturbance, emotional symptoms, vaginal dryness and other sexual changes, urinary symptoms, aches and pains, palpitations, fatigue, weight gain and impaired memory and concentration all lead to this being a challenging time for many women. There are many options to help alleviate these symptoms including hormone therapy, non-hormonal medications and lifestyle interventions. 

Surgical removal of a woman’s ovaries leads to an abrupt reduction in her hormone levels and as many of these women are unable to safely take Menopause Hormone Therapy, they may suffer particularly severe symptoms. There are also long-term consequences to menopause occurring at a younger than usual age. Despite this, there are many options to help women through this difficult time.

In some women menopause occurs at a younger than usual age, not because of any particular disease but because her ovarian function declines prematurely. It is important to seek help if this has happened to you as Menopause Hormone Therapy is an important treatment to reduce the symptoms ad prevent long term problems such as osteoporosis that occur due to the longer period of time of your body having a low level of oestrogen.

The majority of women at the time of menopause consider sexual intimacy and pleasure to be very important to them. The hormonal changes that occur may affect sexual function in a number of ways. Women may have reduced desire, slower arousal and reduced vaginal lubrication leading to discomfort with intercourse.

There are many ways in which these issues can be treated to enhance women’s enjoyment of sex after menopause.

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