Menopause & the Change of Life
Menopause is a time of change for women. In the lead-up to menopause your ovaries are less efficient leading to dramatic changes to your hormonal levels. Eventually your periods and ovulation will stop. You are said to be postmenopausal if you have had no period for 12 months in a row. This usually occurs naturally with the average age being 51 but it can also occur as the result of medication or surgery.
HOW YOU MAY FEEL
Every woman will experience menopause in her own way.
In the years before your final period your oestrogen levels vary which may cause hot flushes, changes in the frequency and heaviness of menstrual periods and vaginal dryness. Mood changes such as tearfulness, mood swings, lack of energy, anxiety or panic attacking and feeling down is common. You may experience difficulty sleeping and report difficulties in memory and concentration. Around this time your sexual feelings and desires may changes and some women become less interested in sex.
Some women are still able to conceive during this transition period so it is important to continue to use contraception if you don’t want to become pregnant until you have had no period for at least 12 months
Remember, any bleeding in the years after menopause is not normal and needs to be investigated.
HOW I CAN HELP
Unpleasant or uncomfortable menopausal symptoms can be managed in a variety of ways ranging form changes in lifestyle an diet to prescription medication and psychological treatment.
I will help you understand menopause, understand the symptoms you are experiencing and the options available to your specific situation. This combined with a positive attitude and healthy life will improve your overall experience.
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THINGS TO DO NEXT:
You will need a referral form your GP to come and see me, so do this first
- Ensure either you or your GP send your referral and any relevant test through to me first
- This can be done by either scanning and e-mailing to firstname.lastname@example.org or faxing to 8361 8877
Make an appointment to see me
Complete the patient forms
- To help provide me with information necessary for your first visit, please fill in the patient information forms (see here – link patient forms).
MAKE SURE YOU BRING
When you come in for your appointment make sure your bring:
- Referral form – If you don’t have one, call the day prior and we will try and arrange a copy from your GP.
- Any test results you might already have.
- Any imaging your might already have.
- A list of all the medicines you are taking, including the ones you have bought without a prescription.
- Your Medicare card.
- Your private health insurance information.
EMERGENCY AND AFTER HOURS
Our clinic hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
If you are one of my patients and need emergency care or have a medical concern, please contact delivery suite at the Calvary North Adelaide Hospital: (08) 8239 9154
Alternatively dial an ambulance to be taken to the nearest emergency department.
Get in Touch
I am located at:
Calvary Hospital – North Adelaide
89 Strangways Terrace, North Adelaide SA 5006
Clinic Hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
Dial an ambulance to be taken to the nearest emergency department.