Dr Sarah Ball is a GP and menopause specialist

Making a diagnosis.

The most important thing to bear in mind when it comes to diagnosing the menopause or perimenopause is that it is termed a “clinical diagnosis” which means that tests are rarely required.

This means that you or your health care professional, or ideally both of you together, should be able to make the diagnosis by talking through your symptoms. There can be lots of possible symptoms, some of which are more talked about than others, and it is extremely useful if you have made a list of any you think are affecting you.

Using the Menopause Symptom Questionnaire is recommended and if you are still having periods try to keep a diary of these as the timing of your symptoms can give important clues.

Before an appointment with your healthcare professional it is really beneficial if you have spent a little time yourself considering what you think is the problem, what concerns you the most and what you are hoping to achieve from your consultation.

HRT is the most effective way to treat symptoms of the perimenopause and menopause, as well as protecting your bones and reducing the risk of a number of health issues, including cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis. However, studies show that only around one in ten menopausal women who would benefit from HRT actually take it. Myth:…

The myths vs the facts

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