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Menopause is a normal event in a woman’s life. The years before may have been taken up with rearing your family, building relationships and your career. Around the time of the menopause many people, men and women, are beginning a new stage of their lives. Your relationships with your partner, parents, children or close friends change as they too become older. Your attitude to work may change; you may look for new challenges or feel you want to slow things down.
Together with the symptoms of the menopause, it is hardly surprising that some women find this time difficult. However, there are also positive aspects to life after the menopause. Periods will no longer be an issue and you won’t have to think about pregnancy. While the menopause signals the end of your childbearing years, it is also the start of a new phase of your life.
How do I know if I'm menopausal?
If you are in your mid to late 40s and you have some of the following symptoms you may be menopausal.
- Irregular periods
- Hot flushes
- Night sweats
- Heart palpitations
- Decreased libido (sex drive)
- Mood swings
- Increasing anxiety
- Poor sleep pattern
When does the menopause happen?
The menopause can start at any time from your late 30s to late 50s. For most women it happens between age 48 and 55. A natural menopause between the ages of 40 and 45 is called an early menopause. A natural menopause before the age of 40 is considered a premature menopause.
Premature menopause can be a particularly difficult experience. If this happens to you, you should talk to your GP about having special tests to find out the cause.
For some women, the menopause may be caused by cancer treatments such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy, or by having ovaries removed during a hysterectomy (womb surgically removed). This sudden stop in the production of hormones may lead to symptoms. These may be another complication of an already traumatic illness.
How much will this cost?
Menopause Consultation Price €200 (optional video consultation with follow up short visit for bloods, blood pressure check and breast exam or entire consult within the practice at your discretion)
Your menopause consultation will include
- A discussion of your menopausal symptoms
- A detailed medical history
- Lifestyle review and advice
- Discuss of bone health and personalised osteoporosis risk assessment
- HRT discussion including risks and benefits
- Blood pressure check and BMI calculation
- Bloods including full blood count, vitamin b12, folate, vitamin D, thyroid, diabetes screening and hormone profile (separate €30 charge)
- Breast check and referral for mammogram where needed