The menopause is a stage that all women reaching ‘mid-life’ will experience but may be unprepared for. Until recently, few women have talked about it openly and there’s lots of information out there that can be confusing to make sense of.
Average female life expectancy in the UK is 83 years so many women live post-menopause for at least a third of their life.
Although most live through the menopause years without major problems, a significant number experience moderate or severe symptoms that can have a big impact on health and wellbeing, work and relationships. In ‘mid-life’, women can be juggling lots of roles including demanding jobs, supporting teenage children and elderly parents. One in a hundred women experience a premature menopause under the age of 40 and one in twenty an early menopause under the age of 45 – both are associated with negative effects on bone, heart, brain and mental health.
Searching through all the information out there to find up-to-date, accurate information about the menopause, symptoms and treatment options can be hard work.
Dr Amanda E Smith is a British Menopause Society Recognised Menopause Expert. The fifty-minute long appointment allows time to listen and understand how symptoms are affecting people in all aspects of their lives e.g. physical, emotional, occupational and social. Dr Amanda will discuss all options and develop a management plan individualised for individuals’ specific circumstances