At a certain point in time, a woman will face the end of her reproductive years and welcome the beginning of menopause. Some women may experience menopause earlier, known as perimenopause, and experience symptoms of menopause before their period ends.
Menopause can be a difficult and debilitating time for women, causing many to experience intense discomfort and pain during their day-to-day life. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) has become a popular and trusted option for those going through menopause, helping many to alleviate common symptoms. In this blog, we will touch on what perimenopause and menopause are and how HRT can help.
What are Perimenopause and Menopause?
Menopause is a natural change in a woman’s body where periods stop due to a lowering of hormone levels between the ages of 45 and 55. Sometimes, it can be prompted by genetics, side effects from cancer treatment or surgery such as a hysterectomy or oophorectomy (ovary removal).
Perimenopause is when women start to experience the symptoms of menopause before their period officially ends. Research has shown that 74% of women have symptoms related to perimenopause and will experience them years before menopause, with some women experiencing it before their forties.
What are the Symptoms of Menopause?
The symptoms of menopause will vary differently for each woman, but usually, women experience symptoms such as:
- Low mood, anxiety, mood swings and low self-esteem
- Poor memory or concentration (known as ‘brain fog’)
- Hot flushes
- Difficulty sleeping
- Headaches and migraines
- Muscle aches and joint pains
- Reduced sex drive
- Vaginal dryness and pain
- Recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs)
- Weight gain
Depending on whether you are going through perimenopause or menopause, these common symptoms can last for months or even years. In a recent study, it was found that 92% of women in the workplace have had menopausal symptoms affect them at work. Some reported that they were unable to concentrate (72%), felt a loss of confidence (67%) or experienced rising stress levels (70%). With menopausal leave far from being implemented in the workplace, there are other ways to alleviate these issues and feel your “usual self” again through HRT.
What HRT Treatment Does Omniya Clinic Offer?
There are two forms of hormone replacement therapy that can help with perimenopause and menopause. One is oestrogen with progesterone and the other is oestrogen-only (the latter is best suited for women who no longer have a womb).
Menopausal symptoms are often a result of low oestrogen and progesterone levels. At Omniya’s leading hormone clinic in London, we provide a specialist form of HRT known as Bioidentical Hormone Replacement. This treatment replaces depleted hormones with bespoke bioidentical and body-identical hormones.
In an initial consultation, our practitioner will conduct a detailed assessment of your medical history and get an understanding of how menopause has been affecting you. We will then check your baseline hormone levels and compare them with the average level to prepare an HRT formula that will work for you. Most clients start to find relief over the following months as their hormone levels start to build up again.
Please know that HRT cannot be used on women who are pregnant, have liver disease, high blood pressure or have a history of bloody clots, womb cancer, breast cancer or ovarian cancer.
The Benefits of HRT for Menopause
Hormone replacement therapy is a trusted treatment that will ease the symptoms of peri/menopause and guide you to live a happier, pain-free life. When you are on a regulated course of HRT, your low hormone levels will increase once again. This helps reduce common symptoms such as night sweats, hot flushes, vaginal dryness, brain fog, osteoporosis, disturbed sleep, hair thinning and more.
At Omniya Clinic, our expert practitioners will work with you to find the perfect prescription that’ll continue to give you long-lasting symptom-free results.
How Much Does HRT Treatment Cost?
Our tailored HRT treatment starts from £300 for an initial consultation. Additional blood tests and medication will be charged separately. To ensure your treatment is effective, we will schedule reviews on an ongoing basis, to make sure the HRT treatment is continuing to help you.
Your safety comes first at Omniya Clinic, and you will be in the safe hands of our expert team members Dr Sohère Roked, GP, and Deborah Forsythe, Hormone Nurse. Find out how our HRT treatment can help you by contacting us today.