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Menopause

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Colchester Hospital

Clinics are by appointment only.  Your GP can refer you to our service.

The menopause clinic is held in the Constable Wing.

Clinics

Contact

Gynaecology reception: 01206 742 398

Secretary: 01206 742 977

Menopause information

In the UK, women reach the menopause at an average age of 51. This has not changed over time. In 1900, the average life expectancy for a woman was 42 but now it is more than 80. This means the menopause is now happening ‘mid-life’ and women can expect to live at least a third of their lives in the post menopause.

The menopause is the final natural menstrual period that a woman has. Once she has not had a period for one year she can be described as post-menopausal. The length of time leading up to the menopause is known as the peri-menopause, this can last for up to eight years.

During the peri-menopause, the hormonal and biological changes that are associated with the menopause begin. As a result of these hormonal changes, many women experience physical and emotional symptoms.

The menopause clinic

Treatments are available that can ease menopausal symptoms which are severe or distressing.

In the menopause clinic we will investigate, diagnose and manage your menopause and post-menopause (the time after menopause). We offer counselling for your problems and concerns.  We will give you information about life-style issues and alternative therapies to HRT.  We offer HRT and hormonal implants.

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