Menopause

We provide services for women with a wide range of menopause-related problems. This includes providing advice on lifestyle changes and treatments to help manage symptoms, and signposting to additional services.

 

About the menopause

The menopause is defined as the point in when menstrual cycles stop and a woman is no longer able to get pregnant naturally. This typically happens around the age of 45 to 55 years. We understand that for some women, menopause can be an extremely distressing time. Many women may experience development of symptoms that can have a very debilitating and damaging impact on quality of life. The menopause also coincides with a time in your life when the risks of certain diseases start to increase, which can make decisions about treatments difficult.

 

Treatments offered at our clinics

Our menopause clinics aim to support you by giving tailored treatment advice on management of menopause symptoms, including:

  • Lifestyle advice
  • Medical treatments such as Hormone replacement therapy (HRT)
  • Signposting to additional services.

 

Locations and contact details

Our menopause clinics are held at University Hospital Lewisham and Queen Elizabeth Hospital. 

University Hospital Lewisham

  • Gynaecology Outpatient Department,Ground floor, Green Zone, Lewisham High Road, SE13
  • Reception: 0208 333 3181
  • Switchboard: 0208 333 3000

 

Queen Elizabeth Hospital

  • Gynaecology Outpatients Department, Stadium Road, Greenwich, London SE18 4QH
  • Reception: 0208 836 4897
  • Switchboard: 0208 836 6000


 

Your appointment

Preparing for your appointment

Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions, we ask that you attend your appointment alone where possible. More information about this is available on our Covid-19 and outpatient appointments page. If you require a carer, please contact the department ahead of your appointment to discuss your requirements. 

In line with our Trust’s policy, a chaperone is available for all intimate examinations. If someone has accompanied you to your appointment, the clinician will still request that a member of staff acts as chaperone for an intimate examination.

As it is likely you will have a clinical examination, we recommend wearing clothing that is comfortable and easy to remove. Some of our clinics have additional requirements which will be explained on your appointment letter.

Our clinical team are offering telephone and video appointments in addition to face-to-face appointments, so please check your clinic letter carefully to see which type of appointment you have. 

Telephone clinic appointments are usually booked within a set time frame (9am-12 midday or 1.30pm-4.30pm) which will be detailed on your clinic letter. It is likely the caller ID will show as a private or withheld number. 

Links and instructions to join a video consultation can be found on our video appointments page.

General information about ourpatient appointments can be found on our outpatient appointments page


During your appointment

The duration of your face-to-face appointment will depend upon your individual needs but on average we allocate 30 minutes for each appointment. As our hospitals are teaching hospitals, medical students may be present during your appointment. However, if you do not wish to have them in the room during your appointment, please let the nurse or doctor know and students can be asked to step outside.


After your appointment

You and your GP will each receive a copy of the clinic letter which summarises your consultation. Follow-up appointments are not given at the time of your appointment but will will be arranged as required.