The end of a woman's menstrual cycles

Menopause refers to the time in a woman’s life when menstruation ceases and the ovaries permanently stop releasing eggs

What is the menopause?

Women are likely to experience menopause at any time between the ages of 40 and 58 (the average age is 51). It is considered complete when you have been without a period for a full year.

A natural menopause is a gradual process but you may experience a range of symptoms that vary in severity, including hot flushes, night sweats and irritability.

Need to know

  • What are the symptoms of menopause? icon plus

    Symptoms will be different for each individual, with some of the common symptoms including:

    • hot flushes and night sweats
    • mood swings, irritability and loss of concentration
    • skin of the vagina and supporting tissues of the pelvis becoming thinner and weaker
    • decrease in sex drive (libido)
  • Diagnosing the menopause icon plus

    A simple blood test can be performed to determine whether your ovaries have stopped working.
  • Potential treatment options icon plus

    Your treatment options will depend on the severity of your symptoms.

    Your consultant may recommend a healthy diet, lifestyle changes and regular exercise. In other cases, they may recommend hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to reduce symptoms and protect you from longer-term health issues. HRT comes in many different forms and can be taken by tablet, a skin patch, an absorbable gel or sometimes by inserting a small implant.

The menopause clinic at The Lister Hospital

The weekly menopause clinic - due to run between January and March 2020 - further enhances The Lister Hospital as a centre of excellence for women’s health. This clinical service, led by Consultant Gynaecologist Tania Adib, offers a convenient, specialist clinic for women suffering from menopausal symptoms which have become problematic, or may be interfering with their everyday life.

This clinic is a welcoming space for all women to gain the information and support needed at this challenging time.

The full range of menopausal symptoms are treated and specialist diagnostics include mammogram, DEXA scans, pelvic ultrasound and hormonal blood tests.

The team: gynaecologist – Tanya Adib | breast - Jennifer Hu  | cardiologist - Abbey Al-hussaini | rheumatologist - Rachel Byng-Maddick and Pooja Gulati

For further information contact The Lister Hospital on 020 7730 7733.

Our gynaecologists

We're proud to work with leading gynaecological experts specialising in menopause and conditions, of the pelvis and uterus including the ovaries and fallopian tubes, and whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Health Fact vs Fiction podcast episode 5

Episode 5: Vagina chat and the Big 'M' 

This episode is a funny and frank discussion about women’s intimate health and the menopause.  

Host Anna Richardson talks early menopause; chatting openly about everything from HRT to sex. Anna is joined by celebrity guest Andrea McLean from Loose Women with expert advice coming from Shazia Malik, consultant obstetrician and gynecologist at HCA UK’s The Portland Hospital.

Our clinic locations

From complex gynaecological surgery to diagnostic tests and procedures, we provide exceptional women's health services across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Request an appointment

We're happy to help you make an appointment with with one of our experienced nurses or consultants. We offer a number of clinics throughout the week for all women's health areas, so you can choose an appointment time that suits you. 

020 7390 6200 
This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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