Menopause and Perimenopause - A GP Led Service
The menopause is a chapter in your life - you can choose how your story goes
How We Can Help
Whilst we know that menopause is a natural biological process that marks the end of a woman’s reproductive years and that it is a normal part of aging.
Many of us who are starting and going through the process of menopause would agree that it often does not feel as simple as that. With the symptoms that women go through and the age that they start their menopause varying so much it can be a confusing time.
A whopping 75% of women will suffer from symptoms. Perimenopause and menopause symptoms can vary, that coupled with busy lives means it can be difficult for us to know whether the symptoms we are having and are going through are due to our hormones or something else in our lives or another medical problem.
At Total Health West Berkshire we offer an option of different menopause appointments to help you get the advice and treatment that you need.
What age does menopause start?
The average age that menopause starts is 51.
Many women have symptoms from an earlier age, you are considered to have an early menopause if you start menopause before the age of 45 and a premature menopause if you are under the age of 40.
What are the symptoms of menopause?
Common symptoms include:
Unsurprisingly, these symptoms can affect your physical and emotional well-being. It is important to remember that everyone’s menopause journey varies from person to person so the severity of your symptoms and the symptoms you experience may be different to what we have listed here..
Who are the menopause appointments for?
These appointments are for women who are menopausal or perimenopausal and would like advice on their symptoms and the best treatment for them.
Who will my appointment be with?
Your appointment will be with Dr James Cave.
Dr Cave is an experienced and respected GP with many years experience of advising women during their menopause.
Menopause consultation only
A 30 minute consultation in which you can discuss your symptoms and concerns and receive advice and treatment options.
A letter with details of this appointment will be sent to your NHS GP with your consent.
If a prescription is recommended then there is an additional charge of £40 per prescription.
Private GP prescriptions can be used at any dispensing pharmacy.
Menopause consultation and blood tests
This is a 2 stage appointment.
The first stage involves a blood test to provide you and Dr Cave with information on your hormone levels and other health areas that can be affected by menopause.
Once we have the results (usually in 2 – 3 days) we can schedule a 30 minute appointment with Dr Cave to discuss the results of your blood test and your symptoms and concerns. We can then decide on the best treatment options for you.
Menopause consultation and blood tests with follow up
This appointment includes blood tests and initial menopause appointment with Dr Cave and a further 30 minute follow up appointment 6 weeks later to assess your progress.
Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
If you are not sure which is the best appointment then call us on 01635 791 301 and we can help you make the right decision for you.
The following tests are included:
Thyroid panel (FT3, FT4,TSH)
Follicle stimulating hormone
Sex hormone binding globulin
If after discussions with Dr Cave you both agree that HRT is best for you then that can be prescribed for you. This will be a private prescription charged at £40. Private GP prescriptions can be used at any dispensing pharmacy.
If you are having problems with HRT that you are currently taking then a menopause consultation is suitable as Dr Cave can discuss your HRT with you.
Private prescriptions are charged at £40 per prescription. Private GP prescriptions can be used at any dispensing pharmacy.