One Health Menopause

In your body hormones carry instructions to start or stop, speed up or slow down physical and chemical functions. As you age, your body loses its natural ability to generate enough hormones. During menopause, the natural decrease in Oestrogen levels can affect your health for years to come. This inevitable hormone depletion can disturb each part of your body’s normal function resulting in symptoms, such as:

  • Hot flushes
  • Inconsistent sleep patterns
  • Lack of energy
  • Loss of concentration
  • Reduced sex drive
  • Reduction in bone density
  • Decline in ability to focus
  • Memory loss
  • Weight gain
  • Unexplained mood swings
  • Depression
  • Thinning hair
  • Not feeling like yourself anymore
  • Loss of vitality
  • Less skin elasticity/collagen

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What is Menopause

The menopause is referred to the time in a women’s life when her ovaries lose reproductive function and her period stops. It usually takes place between the ages of 45 and 55. In some rare cases, known as premature ovarian insufficiency, women can become menopausal at a much younger age.

During menopause, ovaries become less responsive to the Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) and Luteinizing Hormone (LH). These hormones are involved in in the reproductive process. Because your body produces and releases fewer hormones, LH and FSH cannot perform their usual functions to regulate your oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone.

Hormone Replacement Therapy

Symptoms experienced during menopause are caused by decreases in our ability to produce hormones which leads to an imbalance. Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is the widely used treatment for menopausal symptoms. By restoring the hormone levels the body should respond positively, taking back the control by giving you what you need to reach an optimal healthier level every day. HRT aims to relieve symptoms associated with oestrogen deficiency. Recently there has been an on-going debate over the long-term safety of using synthetic HRT’s. Women interested in HRT should carefully consider the benefits and risks involved by discussing with their doctor the treatment that best suits them based on their age, medical history, risk factors and personal preferences.

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) uses natural plant source of oestrogen and testosterone from soya, wild yam and other plant extracts. These extracts are processed and used as pellets, which steadily release healthy hormones throughout the day over a 3-5-month period. With the slow release pellet, you should experience a smoothing out of the fluctuations associated with an untreated hormone imbalance.

Bioidentical hormones are derived from natural sources compared to manufactured HRT, because the hormones are chemically identical on molecular level with endogenous hormones. Technically your body should not be able to tell the difference between the bioidentical hormones and the ones naturally produced by your body.

Initial medical consultation and blood test will determine what your body is deficient in. This will follow with treatment that is uniquely formulated to you, your body should be able to breakdown the bioidentical hormones by imitating what happens in nature.

Treatment

We understand how these hormone imbalances affect your life, we are here to help and want you to benefit from the whole process. We would like to offer you a visit to one of our clinics for a consultation with a GMC registered independent Gynaecologist. Both men and women are advised to contact us and benefit form our four-step process.

Call us on 0808 196 500. Our experienced staff can go over Medical Questionnaire, which will explain to us your symptoms and help us understand the extent of your hormonal imbalance. We will also schedule a Free consultation with Consultant Gynaecologist and a Nurse at one of our clinics.

During your consultation with a GMC registered independent Gynaecologist. The experience of your Gynaecologist is vital. They will review your Medical Questionnaire, discuss your symptoms as well as the potential benefits of having treatment. You will also be scheduled for a blood test, which is included as part of the treatment, if you decide to proceed with the treatment.

When you have the recommended blood samples taken in our clinic, we can analyse what your body is telling us. Consultation and blood tests can be completed on the same day.
We will review blood test results and recommend your individual treatment plans. We will write your pallet prescription and contact you for insertion.

The procedure is carried out as an Out-Patient appointment by the independent Gynaecologist. The area will be prepared using sterile wipes before injecting a local anaesthetic. A small incision is made in the hip region and the pellets are placed using a trocar, which is a small hollow tube, under the first layer of skin. The incision is closed with a steri-strip, you will need to keep this area dry for 5-7 days. You can bring someone with you to the appointment if you want to but it is not a requirement. You are typically free to leave straight after the insertion which takes around 10 minutes. You should in most cases be able to resume normal activities and return to work that same day.

Results

Once the hormone has been recognised by your body, metabolised and used, it travels to the liver to be broken down and expelled from the body.

Patients tell us that once they start treatment they realise how unwell they had been feeling before using bioidentical hormone pellets.

Around week 3 after insertion seems to be the point when patients say they start to feel the benefits but we understand some patient may take longer. Dependent on each individual’s metabolic rate, patients need the pellets replaced on average 3 times a year.