We are proud to announce the opening of our Menopause Clinic in West Wickham, near Bromley and Beckenham, supporting women through this important stage of life. Ensuring you receive expert advice, we are a consultant led service offering appointment with specialist gynaecologist Mr Shiaam Thava.
The menopause is a natural and significant
milestone in a woman’s life, yet it is often accompanied by a range of physical and emotional symptoms that can impact well-being.
Many women find the experience confusing and overwhelming, and unfortunately, access to specialised care during this time is limited.
However, our new consultant led menopause clinic in the Bromley borough, located in West Wickham and very convenient for local residents in Beckenham and Shirley is set to change that by providing much needed specialist support and resources for women during this stage of life.
Menopause happens when a woman’s ovaries stop producing oestrogen and progesterone hormones, which results in the cessation of menstrual periods.
The symptoms of menopause can vary among women, but commonly they include irregular periods, hot flashes, vaginal dryness, disturbed sleep, low libido and mood changes. Additionally, some women may also experience physical and cognitive changes such as joint pain, less energy, headaches, and difficulty concentrating.
There may be other physical changes such as weight gain, slowed metabolism, thinning hair, dry skin, and loss of breast fullness. Women can experience menopause at different ages, typically between the ages of 40 and 58 years old.
Women experiencing symptoms of menopause are encouraged to speak to a gynaecologist. Hormone therapy can help alleviate symptoms such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and mood changes. Making positive lifestyle changes such as exercising, following a healthy diet, and reducing stress can also be of benefit.
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is
a treatment that involves taking medication containing female hormones, typically oestrogen and progesterone, to replace the hormones that the body stops producing during the menopause.
HRT is commonly used to alleviate menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, low libido and mood changes and has been proven to improve overall quality of life.
HRT can also address vaginal dryness and discomfort, improving sexual function and reducing the risk of urinary tract infections. Furthermore, for women who have undergone surgical menopause (onset of menopause following surgery to remove the ovaries), HRT can help prevent bone loss and reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
It is important to consider the potential risks and side effects associated with HRT. Long-term use of oestrogen-alone hormone replacement therapy may increase the risk of stroke, blood clots, gallbladder disease, and urinary incontinence. Combination HRT, which includes both oestrogen and progesterone, may increase the risk of breast cancer, heart disease, stroke, blood clots, and dementia in older women.
It is essential to discuss these risks with your gynaecologist and to carefully consider the potential benefits and potential risks before starting or continuing HRT.
The decision to take hormone
replacement therapy (HRT) to alleviate menopausal symptoms is a personal choice that should be made in consultation with your gynaecologist.
HRT can be taken orally, through patches, gels, sprays, creams, vaginal rings, or tablets for local symptom relief. The method will depend on the specific hormones used and individual factors. Your gynaecologist will determine the appropriate dosage and frequency. Regular follow-ups are also crucial to monitor the effectiveness and safety of your HRT regimen. The dosage may be adjusted, or other changes may be suggested to tailor your treatment plan over time.
It is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle while on hormone replacement therapy, including regular exercise, a balanced diet, managing stress and not smoking.
Research suggests that testosterone therapy can be considered for women who are concerned by low libido and have no other identifiable causes. Testosterone can be used as part of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) in post-menopausal women to address low libido that is not effectively treated by HRT alone.
We understand that cost can be an important factor when considering private health care. We have a transparent approach to our fees to ensure clarity at all stages of the treatment journey. Our service is pay as you go with no additional charge for private prescriptions or referrals.
All appointments are with consultant gynaecologists.
Initial menopause consultation
Follow-up menopause consultation
Coil fitting, coil provided
Cervical smear with HPV
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Mr Shiaam Thava MBBS MRCOG is a Consultant
Obstetrician and Gynaecologist working at Princess Royal University Hospital. Having completed the latter years of his training there, he subsequently went onto obtain a substantive post. He is friendly, professional, down to earth and relishes the opportunity to form a strong rapport with his patients.
Mr Thava completed his medical training at Barts and The London Medical school in 2007, he then went onto complete his specialist training in the Kent and South London area. His interests include perinatal mortality, benign gynaecology, colposcopy, and complex tertiary menopause. Mr Thava is listed as a specialist by the British Menopause Society (BMS), and since completing his advanced training modules, has gone onto become a BMS trainer for those seeking training in complex menopause care.
With a specialist interest in the menopause, premature ovarian insufficiency, benign gynaecology and colposcopy, he is a member of the British Menopause Society, the British Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology and the British Society of Gynaecology Endoscopy.