Dr Glenda McLaren
Obstetrician & Gynaecologist

Menopause

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What is Menopause?

Menopause, often called the ‘change of life,’ is an important time for women. This natural process happens when the ovaries release their last eggs, marking the end of the of the reproductive stage of their life and a decrease in estrogen levels. Most women become menopausal between the ages of 45 and 60 with the average age for Australian and New Zealand women being 51 years.

Menopause is diagnosed by the absence of menstrual periods and the presence of menopausal symptoms – in general you have reached menopause when you have gone 12 months without having your period.

While many women go through menopause with minimal physical and mental changes, others may experience symptoms in the years leading up to or following their last menstrual period.

Common Symptoms of Menopause

Your monthly periods may become either less frequent or more frequent in the lead up to menopause (perimenopause).

Sudden warmth, often with redness of the face and neck.

Excessive sweating during sleep.

Sleep disruptions, including difficulty falling or staying asleep (insomnia).

Emotional fluctuations, like irritability, sadness, anxiety or mood swings.

Discomfort in muscles and joints.

As the vaginal lining becomes thinner and dryer, you may experience discomfort during sex and/or need to urinate more often.

Menopause symptoms often begin before your periods stop. Symptoms may be more severe if menopause is triggered by surgery or cancer treatment. Women from different cultures may also experience symptoms differently. For some women, menopause symptoms are mild and easily tolerated, while others may find relief through hormone therapy and lifestyle adjustments.

Health Review During Menopause

Menopause is an important time for a thorough health review. Dr McLaren and her team provide a comprehensive health appraisal, including necessary investigations, and engage in discussions about improving long-term health. Common health issues that may arise after menopause are addressed to create a personalised management plan, optimising overall health as women age.

Menopause Treatment Options​

We offer a range of menopause treatment options tailored to individual needs. From lifestyle management to hormone replacement therapy, we work with you to alleviate symptoms and enhance your overall well-being during and after menopause.

For more detailed information about menopause, download this helpful pamplet provided by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

Preparing for Your Appointment​

To make the most of your menopause consultation, consider the following:

Document Your Symptoms:
Take note of any menopausal symptoms you’re experiencing, including their frequency and intensity.

Medical History: 
Prepare a brief medical history, including any existing conditions or medications you’re currently taking.

Questions and Concerns: 
Jot down any questions or concerns you may have about menopause or hormone replacement therapy.

Lifestyle Factors: 
Be ready to discuss your lifestyle, including diet, exercise, and stress management, as these can impact menopausal symptoms.

Taking these steps will help your Gynaecologist tailor her recommendations to your specific situation, ensuring a productive and informative consultation.

Our menopause services are designed to support women through this transformative phase of life, ensuring a smooth transition and empowering them to make informed decisions about their health. If you are experiencing menopausal symptoms or have questions about HRT, schedule a consultation with a Bloom Gynaecologist to explore solutions tailored to your unique needs.

Setting up an Appointment​

To schedule your screening with Bloom Women’s Health, please contact us or fill in our Contact Form. Our team is here to support you throughout the process and ensure you receive the care you deserve. 

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