Menopause treatment Perth

Menopause
Menopause is a natural process and if you feel that you are not well informed about the symptoms you may have, come and see our specialists and women’s health experts at woom. If there are indications that you may be in menopause or perimenopause, we can discuss options to reduce the impact of the symptoms. At woom, our focus is always to work together on your overall health – women’s health being the total focus of our multidisciplinary team at the clinic.
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Menopause Perth

What are menopause and perimenopause ?

Menopause is the phase in your reproductive lifespan when you have not had a menstrual period for 12 months.

The average age that a woman goes through natural menopause is 51 years. Early menopause is before the age of 45 and premature menopause happens before the age of 40. This is very uncommon and it happens only in about 1% of women.

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Menopause Perth

The perimenopause is a variable length of time leading into the menopause. Your periods become increasingly irregular and you can begin to experience the symptoms of menopause.

So how come you start experiencing some of these symptoms even as you are not reaching menopause yet? The symptoms are caused by lower oestrogen levels, produced by the remaining follicles growing in your ovaries.

How do menopause or perimenopause affect your wellbeing, your quality of life, your self-esteem as a woman? We believe that you deserve a safe place to talk about all women’s health topics and our team are here to help, to listen and to empower you with reliable, evidence-based information and guidance.

Dr Tamara Hunter - WOOM
Dr Tamara Hunter

Perth gynaecologist

Gynaecologist Perth

How will I know?
What are the symptoms ?

The questions you may have are quite common: How will I know I am in perimenopause? How will I know I am in menopause? What are the symptoms?

At menopause, you stop producing oestrogen (the main sex hormone in women) and this can lead to the typical menopausal symptoms. Oestrogen levels can vary in the time leading up to the final menstrual period. The early signs of the perimenopause are irregularity to the cycle with first a shortening of the cycles, then a lengthening. Hot flushes and night sweats can range from mild to severe.

With or without the night sweats, sleeplessness can be a major feature - either difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. Studies have shown that the hormonal changes of menopause can cause some women to feel pain in their joints or make them feel more tired than usual.

Dr Tamara Hunter - WOOM
Dr Tamara Hunter

Gynaecologist Perth

You may observe increases in anxiety or mood changes, and they are all due to hormonal changes. With menopause, libido often decreases. Women can also experience a dry vagina, urinary urgency and discomfort.

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Early menopause
or after cancer surgery

We also get a lot of questions from our patients in the Perth metro area, about early menopause.

How do I know if I have premature menopause or early menopause? And what about menopause after cancer surgery?

Early menopause occurs before the age of 45 years and premature menopause is before the age of 40. If you have had cancer treatment with chemo or radiotherapy, then the toxic effects of your treatment may cause early menopause. But then in other situations, early menopause is triggered by a genetic or an autoimmune condition and in some cases, no clear cause is found.

Dr Tamara Hunter - WOOM
Dr Tamara Hunter

Perth gynaecologist

You may hear another term for premature menopause (before 40): It is also called premature ovarian insufficiency, or POI. The diagnosis of POI is difficult and it is often delayed, simply because you or your treating doctor might not think about the possibility of menopause when you are under 40.

Criteria for a diagnosis of POI include:

Whatever your situation or your symptoms, it is recommended to speak to an expert in women’s health, and at Woom, we combine the expertise of a multidisciplinary team to help you.

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Menopausal hormone therapy
What is it?

Menopausal therapy is all about reducing the impact of the symptoms. Menopausal Hormone Treatment or MHT (also known as Hormone Replacement Therapy or HRT) is the most effective way of improving your discomfort.

MHT is not just about reducing the symptoms: it can also benefit your overall health by improving bone density and reducing the risk of fractures. MHT may also reduce the risk of diabetes and heart disease for some women.

MHT can be given as tablets, patches, gels and vaginal preparations. Depending on your age, whether you have had a hysterectomy and any other health conditions, your doctor will individualise the MHT appropriate for you.

Menopause Perth
Menopause Perth

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What effect will menopause have
on my sex life?
It’s one of the commonly asked questions, when we do webinars, seminars or info sessions for our referring GPs in Perth, or for women who want to learn more about menopause: What will menopause do to my sex life?

We tend to answer the question by saying that if your sex life is good before menopause, it is likely to remain good after menopause.

Dr Tamara Hunter - WOOM
Dr Tamara Hunter

Perth gynaecologist

Sexual wellbeing is complex and many other personal factors in your life could be involved.
That is why at Woom, we look at you as the whole person that you are, not just at an isolated symptom.

Physical symptoms such as vaginal dryness can be treated with creams and lubricant.

Hormonal treatments include oestrogen or testosterone therapy but only use testosterone designed for women. Your doctor, a pelvic health physiotherapist or a counsellor may need to work with you to look at the many factors that might be affecting your sexual wellbeing.

At Woom, our integrated women’s health hub in West Perth, we are very aware of the mental effect of menopause on your self-esteem and your sex life. You will find that our team members are good at listening and they will always create a safe, trusted environment for you to share your experiences and your expectations.

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When to see a doctor ?

So when is the right time to see a gynaecologist and talk about menopause? It actually doesn’t really matter what your age is or what your cycles are like. If you have any concerns, or you believe you may be experiencing symptoms of menopause, then you should consult a doctor for advice.

Particularly if you are under 45 and you have experienced a cessation in your cycles for several months then you should see a gynaecologist to discuss that.

It is also recommended to see a specialist about menopause if you have had cancer treatment or surgery that might have caused menopause, or if your GP believes that you may have premature ovarian insufficiency.


For more information, please visit the AMS website.

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Doctors / Experts at woom
available to help with menopause

Tamara Hunter
Dr Tamara Hunter

Gynaecologist

Shital Julania
Dr Shital Julania

Gynaecologist

Rebekah Taylor - Woom
Rebekah Taylor

Physiotherapist

Louise Buck
Louise Buck

Psychologist

Nick Nation - WOOM
Nick Nation

Dietitian

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