What are the common symptoms of Menopause?

Hot flushes are a common symptom of lower oestrogen levels. However many women notice a significant change in sleep, memory and mood during the menopause due to the wealth of oestrogen receptors in brain tissue that are suddenly noticing lower levels of oestrogen. Skin changes and joint issues are frequent. Oestrogen helps maintain collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid levels in the skin and connective tissues, and a decrease in oestrogen levels can affect the elasticity, hydration and flexibility of these tissues. The skin in more intimate areas can be significantly affected and can make sex uncomfortable and cause bladder issues.

How will a Menopause consultation help me?

Here at The Minster Clinic, both Sarah is an experienced GP with a specialist interest in treating the Menopause. A comprehensive medical history and examination will be undertaken to understand your symptoms and determine how different treatment options can benefit you. They will help you understand, navigate and minimise the risks of any potential treatment while tailoring effective solutions to your particular set of circumstances.

How long should I take HRT for?

There is no set limit on how long HRT should be taken for, but a review of risk and benefits needs to be undertaken at least annually or if circumstances change. Here at The Minster Clinic, we provide the facility of regular reviews to ensure that treatment is tailored to maximise benefits and minimise risks.

What does the initial consultation include?

The initial consultation is a 45-60 minute face to face consultation, examination and discussion, individualising the risks and benefits of menopause treatments. The consultation is with Sarah Thio.
Private prescriptions are provided if required (Medication will need to be obtained from a pharmacy - they will charge a dispensing fee and the cost of the medication)
A letter to your GP with a summary of the consultation will be provided in electronic form for you to print and hand in to your GP practice.
Blood tests may be required, and costs will be advised depending on the test required.

Is there any follow-up?

Included in the fee is a 3-month follow-up appointment with the doctor you originally consulted with. It is the responsibility of the patient to ensure that this is booked. The free follow-up appointment must be taken up within 4 months of the initial appointment.

Menopause price guide *

Initial Consultation£250Includes free 3 month follow-up appointment.
Follow-up appointment (annual review or medication changes)£150Face to face consultation and discussion. Private prescription provided if required
Stand-alone private prescription£35
Blood tests - Cardiovascular screen£60HbA1c and Lipid screen
Blood tests - Testosterone and SBHG£75
Blood tests - Oestradiol£40
Blood tests - FSH£40

* Free 3 month appointment must be redeemed within 4 months of the initial appointment or the standard follow-up charge will apply. Blood tests done only if clinically indicated.