Menopause Checkup Clinics include a 30 minute consultation with one of our Midwifes followed a week later by a 30 minute consultation with one of our female Doctors. The cost of the clinic covering both consultations is €190 payable at time of booking. The clinics are also open to doctor visit card and medical card holders with only a blood test fee payable.
Additional tests for private and medical card holders outside of the below exams may incur an additional fee e.g. 24 hour blood pressure monitor.
Perimenopause is the time leading up to a woman’s final period. It covers the transition from reproductive age through to menopause. It begins with the start of menopausal symptoms and menstrual irregularities and ends 12 months after the last menstrual period. The typical age of onset is from 45 years onwards but some women experience symptoms earlier.
Menopause is the permanent cessation of menstruation. This is known in retrospect 1 year after the event. The average age of menopause is 51 years old. Early menopause is defined as menopause between the ages of 40 – 45 yeas old and occurs in 5% of women.
- Hot flushes, night sweats
- Disturbed sleep
- Joint pain, muscle pain, stiffness
- Mood changes, anxiety, low mood
- Dry skin, dry eyes
Your first visit will involve taking your history including:
- Menstrual and gynaecological history
- Symptom and contraceptive history
- A menopause symptom score sheet will be given to you to complete (if not already completed prior to your consultation)
- Predisposition to cardiac disease, cancer or osteoporosis
Blood test taken for a routine general check up including:
- Full blood count
- Thyroid function
- Blood sugars
- Kidney, liver & bone profile
- Blood pressure
Our Midwives will give preliminary advice on managing your symptoms as well as appropriate resources where you can access evidence based information.
At your follow up visit we will discuss your symptoms and look at your medical history, gynaecological history and family history so that we can make an appropriate plan of management for each individual woman.
Some women may require further investigation if they are experiencing irregular bleeding, and a gynaecological follow up may be needed.
Identification of women at risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and osteoporosis will be covered. The Doctor will give you advice on helpful lifestyle interventions.
- A breast and pelvic exam maybe carried out
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) will be discussed including the different types available and consideration given if HRT is the best option in each individual case. Not everyone requires HRT and some women may decide to defer the decision having gone through this process. A joint, informed decision can be made between each woman and their Doctor having gone through the thorough medical history and physical examination.
You can now order your repeat prescription online and collect from your local pharmacy