Richmond Practice - Menopause


"We should look at the menopause as a learning curve and a chance to get to know yourself. " Author unknown

80% of women going through the menopause experience symptoms, including hot flushes and night sweats. 25% find that the symptoms affect their quality of life. Issues arising for women during their menopause, is not always openly discussed and this complicates matters. Other menopausal symptoms include mood changes, fatigue, sleep disturbances, musculoskeletal symptoms, problems with the urinary tract and sexual difficulties.

How to manage menopausal symptoms

Women in their menopause can take the following steps to minimize the impact of the menopause on them:
  • make lifestyle changes: taker regular exercise
  • avoiding possible triggers for hot flushes such as stress, overheated places or even spicy foods
  • ensuring good sleep hygiene, by avoiding caffeinated drinks at bedtime for example
  • non-hormonal treatment such as isoflavones, and black cohosh
When to consult your doctor?
  • If the symptoms adversely impact your personal or professional life.
  • After trying the conservative measures described in the paragraphs above without success.
Please set aside any embarrassment and make sure to be open and honest with your doctor.

How menopause can be treated?
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can help treat hot flushes and sweats. The risks and benefits of treatment are considered for every woman. It can also help with sleep disturbance caused by night sweats and can also help you keep your bones strong.

At Elsbeth's Doctors our consultant gynaecologists can help you assess individual risk/benefits of treatment and provide you with continual support throughout the menopause. For a same day appointment please contact us on 030 0303 5009 or at For more information visit


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