Menopause Services at OneWelbeck

The average age for the menopause in the UK is 51, with a range from 41-55 and it heralds a number of changes to physiological mechanisms. While some women experience minimal symptoms, most notice alterations that can impact their long-term health. Our menopause service comprises a team of leading specialists who can diagnose and provide support on menopause and menopause-related conditions. Learn how OneWelbeck can help and start your journey to feeling like you again.

Symptoms of the menopause

Most women will undergo noticeable changes during menopause, which can have a substantial impact on their long-term health. On average, these symptoms persist for approximately four years after the last menstrual period, although for certain individuals, the duration can extend well beyond this timeframe. Common effects of the peri-menopause/menopause include:

•    Irregular bleeding 
•    Hot flushes and night sweats 
•    Disrupted sleep 
•    Poor concentration 
•    Vaginal dryness 
•    Mood changes 
•    Changes in hair growth, quality and texture 
•    Reduced collagen affecting skin and pelvic floor tone 
•    Impact on bladder function 
•    Osteoporosis (weak bones)

Diagnosis and management of the menopause

The dedicated Women's Health centre at OneWelbeck offers a range of support services including:

Menopause assessment and diagnosis - Our comprehensive menopause service begins with assessment of your symptoms. Our menopause diagnostic package includes a consultation and a set of diagnostic tests.

Other assessments-  We can offer other menopause related tests in house such as breast assessment and bone density scans if advised by your specialist.

Treatment of menopause symptoms

Hormone replacement therapy - For some women, HRT can be a very effective management approach. We offer a range of HRT treatment options and are able to prescribe and monitor an HRT regimen to suit your individual needs.

Non-hormonal treatment options - Not all the women we care for will want to start HRT. There are many other therapies that can be explored to alleviate your symptoms.

Preventive care - Menopause is an important stage in a woman's life course and offers another opportunity to provide women with information, advice and preventative measures to help them optimise their health and well-being in the years ahead. These include breast, bone, skin, hormone, gut, and heart health, to name just a few.

Management of specific issues - Women going through perimenopause and menopause frequently experience some or many of the symptoms listed above, all of which can be assessed and treated at OneWelbeck.

Our Menopause Services

Other specialities that can help

Sometimes referral to one of our experts in a different specialty is required. There are a vast array of symptoms and complications that can be triggered by the perimenopause and menopause. At OneWelbeck, we have the following specialties within the same building to ensure a seamless and coordinated journey.

Cardiovascular Health

Whilst oestrogen has beneficial effects on cholesterol, triglycerides and helps to maintain a healthy blood pressure, menopause can impact cardiovascular health due to decreasing levels of the hormone. Palpitations or rapid heartbeat can also be a common symptom of the menopause. At OneWelbeck Heart Health, we can assess patients’ overall cardiovascular health including any risk factors for cardiovascular disease and exclude any significant palpitations with simple non-invasive diagnostic testing.

Dermatology & Allergy Complaints

Numerous dermatological problems can be caused or exaggerated by the menopause. These include dry skin, thinning skin with greater susceptibility to bruising, wrinkles/fine lines, acne, skin sensitivity (causing redness & itching), allergies /reactions to skincare products, and pigmentation changes. It can also cause thinning of the hair and changes in texture.

Digestive Symptoms

Menopausal hormonal changes can influence the functioning of the gastrointestinal system, with some women experiencing changes in bowel habits, IBS, increased acid reflux/ heartburn, and digestive discomfort such as bloating or abdominal pain. It is important to investigate any changes in bowel habits to rule out more serious conditions. Our Digestive Health Centre can investigate and provide a full treatment plan to reduce digestive related symptoms.

Endocrine Symptoms

Menopause is associated with metabolic changes and these shifts can elevate the likelihood of developing insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, and type 2 diabetes. Thyroid function can also be impacted which can contribute to symptoms such as fatigue, weight changes and mood disturbances. Menopause can also affect bone health, increasing the risk of conditions such as osteoporosis and frailty. OneWelbeck Endocrinology specialises in addressing these very issues and can help diagnose and manage these conditions

Musculoskeletal Issues

Menopause can lead to musculoskeletal issues including joint pain / inflammation / stiffness and tendon issues. Our Orthopaedics centre commonly treats conditions include frozen shoulder, carpal tunnel syndrome and persistent tendinopathies.

Gut Health

The gut microbiome plays a pivotal role in menopausal women via the gut-hormone axis. There’s evidence that a compromised oestrobolome (microbes within the gut which can help to regulate oestrogen) in postmenopausal women is associated with an increased risk of osteoporosis, obesity, cardiovascular disease and reduced immunity. Our dietitians at the Gut Health Clinic can provide comprehensive dietary and lifestyle advice to aid the transition between peri-menopause and menopause and to reduce the risk of any oestrogen-related disease.