Going through the menopause is a fact of life for all women. For many fortunate women, the transition will be smooth; however, for others, the menopause will present a challenge of varying degrees. Menopausal symptoms include hot flushes, mood swings, a loss of libido, fatigue, night sweats and depression. Just as each woman experiences her own set of menopausal symptoms, some mild, some severe, each woman responds uniquely to the treatment prescribed – but there are many options for post-menopausal women.

‘I hear such conflicting stories about menopause treatments in the news…’

With menopause stories frequently in the headlines, be it questioning the effectiveness or safety of HRT, or suggesting that symptoms will be with you for a decade or more, it is no wonder that confusion and apprehension about treatments is rife. During your consultation with London-based female gynaecologist Miss Amanda Tozer, you will talk through your symptoms, your priorities and your concerns. Miss Tozer is a consultant gynaecologist with a particular interest in menopause; she will put these reports into context, explaining how – and, indeed, if – they are relevant to you.

What can be done to treat the menopause?

When you see Miss Amanda Tozer at her London menopause clinic, you will have the opportunity to discuss all treatment approaches, including lifestyle changes and alternative therapies. Alleviation of all symptoms is usually only possible with hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

There are associated risks which female gynaecologist Miss Tozer will discuss with you in depth; she will also conduct a physical examination and run any necessary tests to assess your health and suitability for HRT.

Miss Amanda Tozer has guided many post-menopausal women through this stage in their life, and understands how challenging and bewildering a time it can be. Offering them support and understanding and specialist, personalized care, she has enabled many women to manage their symptoms and make life that bit easier.

There is not a ‘cure’ or treatment for the menopause itself, but there are treatments for its symptoms, one of which is Hormone Replacement Therapy. HRT has provided effective relief for many women over years but the associated risks and side effects have attracted critics.

During a consultation at the London Clinic with female gynaecologist Amanda Tozer, you will have the opportunity to discuss the pros and cons of HRT, and to find out about the potential risks and side effects. Miss Tozer has helped many women manage their menopausal symptoms using HRT and is well placed to give you all the facts and advice you need in order to make an informed decision about your treatment.

What does HRT do?

Hormone Replacement Therapy contains an oestrogen hormone that replaces the oestrogen your post-menopausal ovaries have ceased to produce. Oestrogen on its own, however, would result in the building up of the womb lining, increasing a risk of cancer of the uterus. For this reason, HRT usually combines the oestrogen with a progestogen hormone that drastically reduces the risk of cancer. The different types of HRT contain a varying degree of each hormone; some women need to try a few combinations before finding the one that works for them.

What are the side effects of HRT?

Both oestrogen and progestogen produce different side effects with some crossover. Possible side effects include fluid retention, breast tenderness, leg cramps, headaches, indigestion, acne, backache, depression and nausea.

Before embarking on any course of treatment, London based gynaecologist Miss Tozer will explain the potential side effects – as well as how the worst of these may be relieved by a number of lifestyle changes. With her years of experience in treating the symptoms of the menopause, she can help you put the risks and side effects of HRT into a useful perspective.