Would private treatment be the right solution for you?
Having your condition privately treated means you could have your menopause treatment at a time to suit you.
You don’t need to have private health insurance either, more and more patients are choosing to pay for their own treatment, it’s surprisingly affordable and you could be seen by one of our consultants within days.
While rarely life threatening, the menopause can severely affect your quality of life. Philip Toozs-Hobson can provides an immediate surgical solution from initial consultation to treatment at one of our hospitals . Contact us today for a no obligation quote.
What is the menopause?
The menopause is the name given to the end of a woman's menstrual cycle (periods). The ovaries stop producing Oestrogen, which in some women lead to a variety of symptoms.
The menopause is not always sudden and the onset of symptoms may be gradual. In some women this process is preceded by the peri-menopause or climateric (the time leading up to the menopause) when a women may experience both physical and emotional changes and symptoms. The peri-menopause phase can vary in length from woman to woman and everybody experiences symptoms differently.
The menopause is a natural part of ageing and is defined as when a woman has not had a period for a year and can also be confirmed by a simple blood test. The average age of menopause in the UK is 51 years, however, around 1 in 100 women experience the menopause before the age of 40 - this is known as premature ovarian insufficiency. The menopause can also be caused by treatment for cancer or other underlying medical conditions.
How do you know if you are menopausal?
Eight out of ten women will experience some symptoms leading up to the menopause and of these, approximately 50% of women will find their symptoms difficult to deal with (view source).
Common symptoms of the menopause include:
- Hot flushes
- Night sweats
- Irregular bleeding
- Fatigue and tiredness
- Difficulty to concentrate (foggy or cloudy brain)
- Low mood or depression
- Vaginal dryness, itching or discomfort
- Urinary urgency
- Decrease in libido
- Formication – feels like your skin is crawling
Treating the menopause
There are a number of menopause treatments available, with or without hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Recent changes in NICE Guidance show the Cancer risk of taking HRT is low and that it can actually offer protection against Dementia and Osteoporosis.
HRT can be beneficial because it works by replacing Oestrogen in the body during the approach to menopause, which is effective in treating some of the more common menopausal symptoms and can also help to prevent osteoporosis (brittle bones).
Hormone replacement therapy has been known to be associated with some risks and an individual risk assessment will be carried out and explained.
There are many ways of taking HRT and women will usually be offered a choice as to whether to take it or not and the most appropriate form, for example tablets, patches, gels applied to the arm or leg, and implants.
If a woman does not wish to take HRT, or cannot for medical reasons, alternative treatments can be offered to ease the symptoms including diet and exercise, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
All treatments need to be monitored in order to make sure that they are having the desired effect. Each patient will initially be placed on a 3 month trial and then followed up to understand effectiveness of symptom control and changes made where required. Once a successful treatment plan is agreed ongoing follow up will ensure you are continued to be monitored and your symptoms managed.
More and more people are opting to self-fund private outpatient consultations and surgical treatments. Our clinic consultants all accept patients who do not have private medical insurance.
People often find that the costs are less than they imagined and private medical care offers a prompt and efficient option at a time that suits you.
I had the privilege of meeting Mr Topaz-Hobson three month's ago. I found him to be a committed and exceptional individual who showed me empathy and professionalism from the first initial appointment through to my surgery on the 11th March and continuing through post operative. After suffering debilitating chronic pain for 4 to 5 years and almost giving up Mr Topaz-Hobson showed me dignity and respect along with hope that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I would recommend this consultant to everyone out there who are suffering in silence and need help and hope. For the first time in years o am pain free and have my life back. Thank you so much for all you have done.
BMI The Priory Hospital Patient
I saw dr. Toozs- Hobson today, for the very first time; he is the absolute definition of a true medical professional. He actively listened to my issue, was empathetic and made me feel at ease ( I felt very embarrassed to start with). I felt he dedicated his time and “translated” the medical terminology and explained my options. I normally dread doctors visits but I’m very comfortable and relaxed about the follow up.
BMI The Priory Hospital Patient
I had retro pubic TVT as part of my surgery December 2017. Thankfully my recovery has been successful and pain free. Mr Tooz-Hobson gave excellent advice prior to surgery about my options and the research re TVT surgery and the possible side effects.
I have no regrets and my quality of life have significantly improved within such a short time following surgery.