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The menopause is a normal phase in women's lives, when menstrual periods stop and fertility declines. All women experience it as they get older. For many women it does not cause any particular issues, and women are encouraged to discuss any concerns with their GP or Practice Nurse in the first instance. Most routine cases can be safely managed in a primary care setting.

More complex menopause symptoms

For some women menopause may be more problematic, particularly if the menopause has started earlier than expected or as a result of treatment for other health problems and if there are other continuing health issues.

Problems such as complex menopausal symptoms, difficulties with hormone replacement therapy (HRT), concurrent health issues, premature ovarian insufficiency (POI) or advice, may all lead to referral to the Menopause Clinic by your GP.

The Menopause Clinic

The Menopause Clinic is run by Dr Steven C Monaghan, Consultant Gynaecologist and member of the British Menopause Society, with the support of Lynn Sutherland, Menopause Nurse Specialist.

It provides a holistic approach to menopause, which includes evidence-based information about lifestyle, alternative complementary therapies and orthodox treatment options.

Premature Ovarian Insufficiency (POI)

Premature Ovarian Failure is specifically for menopausal women under the age of 40.
Specialist clinical advice in managing the significance and consequences of early menopause, including fertility issues can be offered through the Menopause Clinic again mostly by telephone consultation. Women with early menopause after cancer treatment or surgery can also be referred for to this clinic.

Referral routes

You will normally be referred via your GP.


New appointment slots are offered and performed by arranged telephone consultations, and almost all follow-up appointments are via telephone, unless it is deemed necessary to perform gynaecological examination or investigation.

Useful links

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