The perimenopause occurs over ten years or more, usually between the ages of 45 and 55. During this time, most women are still having monthly periods but can start to experience a wide range of troublesome symptoms, particularly cyclical menstrual problems, which are often the first sign of the perimenopause.
Too often, perimenopause is dismissed or ignored completely, but this time can significantly impact your physical, psychological and emotional health and wellbeing if help is not provided. The team of experts at The Amara Clinic can diagnose perimenopause, put together a holistic care package, and provide ongoing support to your hormonal health during this difficult time.
Perimenopause diagnosis problems
Many women experiencing the perimenopause are wrongly told they have conditions such as depression, fibromyalgia, migraines, irritable bowel syndrome, and chronic fatigue. Being referred to cardiologists, neurologists, rheumatologists, or psychiatrists is not unusual. Others are dismissed and told their symptoms are psychosomatic. Who’d have thought a perimenopause diagnosis could be so elusive?
Depression tends to be the most common misdiagnosis because many women experiencing perimenopause have a low mood or struggle with their mental health. It takes a deeper investigation by an experienced health professional to identify perimenopause as the cause.
Struggling to get a perimenopause diagnosis can be draining. NHS delays following the pandemic can have a serious impact, with waiting times for perimenopause referrals running into months and years rather than weeks.
The Amara Clinic can provide private, personalised assessment and care at a time that suits you.
Why choose The Amara Clinic?
Symptoms and signs of perimenopause
The symptoms of perimenopause are usually similar to those of menopause, but they can be more varied. You may also notice a change to your normal periods, they may become irregular or more frequent, or you may skip a monthly bleed altogether.
If you think you may be experiencing the perimenopause, there are some symptoms and signs to look out for:
- Period changes: You may find your periods change during perimenopause. They may be irregular, more frequent or much heavier periods. Some women notice that their PMS gets worse.
- Mood changes
- Brain fog
- Hot flushes
- Night sweats
- Disrupted sleep
- Hair thinning
- Tingling or numb sensation in the lips, gums and tongue (burning mouth syndrome).
In short, during the perimenopause, you may not feel like yourself. The frustrating thing is that the symptoms may appear for a few months and then disappear. This stop-start pattern can be hard to deal with. Many women think:
‘Maybe I just imagined it? I feel like I’m losing my mind!’
‘ I just don’t feel like me anymore.’
With so much cultural negativity, lack of awareness and uncertainty surrounding the perimenopause and menopause journey, it's no wonder women are left confused. If this sounds familiar to you, the Amara Clinic can help.
There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to perimenopause or menopause care. At The Amara Clinic, we will work with you to create a bespoke package of treatments, therapies and support.
Complete package of perimenopause care
Our complete package guides you through your whole menopause journey - from the initial consultation to your evolving treatment plan. This streamlined service is delivered by specialists, providing treatments tailored to your needs. We use a wide range of ‘gold-standard’ body-identical hormones to control your symptoms and optimise your wellbeing.
Our package includes dispensing private prescriptions, blood tests, cervical screening and ultrasound imaging. All services are available on-site and are delivered quickly and discreetly.
Complementary therapies for perimenopause
We offer a comprehensive range of complementary therapies for people who cannot take HRT or are looking for alternatives.
The Amara Clinic supports complementary therapies in addition to HRT: this follows the holistic approach to perimenopause and menopause care which is outlined in Miss Henderson’s book “Natural Menopause”, which was published with Dorling Kindersley to high acclaim.
The Amara Clinic Team works closely with local complementary healthcare specialists including herbalists, dieticians), personal trainers and fitness experts to boost health, strength and wellbeing.