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What to expect at a menopause consultation

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What to expect during our menopause consultations

Within our menopause consultations with one of our BMS menopause specialists, we evaluate and address the various aspects of menopause and its associated symptoms. We see women in their perimenopause typically from their late 30’s and early 40’s and all the way through to postmenopausal women well into their 70’s. Here's what you can generally expect during a menopause consultation:

  1. Medical History: We will start by taking a detailed medical history. This includes information about your menstrual cycle, any menopausal symptoms you may be experiencing, your overall health, family medical history, and any medications or supplements you are currently taking.

  2. Symptom Assessment: You will be asked about any symptoms you may be experiencing, such as hot flushes, night sweats, mood swings, vaginal dryness, and changes in sleep patterns. Be prepared to discuss the severity, frequency, and duration of these symptoms.

  3. Physical Examination: A physical examination may be performed to assess your overall health. This can include checking your blood pressure, heart rate, weight, and possibly a pelvic exam to evaluate the health of your reproductive organs and vaginal tissues.

  4. Bone Health Assessment: Osteoporosis is a concern for postmenopausal women. We may recommend bone density testing, such as a DEXA scan, to assess your bone health and risk of fractures.

  5. Blood Tests: Blood tests may be completed to check hormone levels, particularly oestrogen, testosteron and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH). These tests can help confirm menopause and provide information about the severity of hormonal changes.

  6. Discussion of Treatment Options: If you are experiencing bothersome menopausal symptoms, we will discuss treatment options with you. These may include hormone replacement therapy (HRT), non-hormonal medications, lifestyle changes, and complementary therapies.

  7. Risks and Benefits: We will explain the risks and benefits of different treatment options, taking into consideration your personal health history and preferences. They will help you make an informed decision about the best approach to managing your menopausal symptoms.

  8. Lifestyle Recommendations: You may receive advice on maintaining a healthy lifestyle during menopause, including diet, exercise, stress management, and the importance of regular check-ups and screenings.

  9. Follow-Up: Depending on your individual needs and treatment plan, we may arrange follow-up appointments to monitor your progress and adjust your treatment as necessary.

  10. Questions and Concerns: This is an opportunity for you to ask questions and express any concerns you may have about menopause, its symptoms, and the recommended treatments.

Remember that every menopause consultation is tailored to the individual, so the specifics of your appointment may vary based on your unique situation and needs.

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