Menopause Matters: Incorporating Perimenopause into NHS Health Screenings

Why Perimenopause Should Be Included in the NHS Over 40s Health Check

Menopause and perimenopause are significant life stages that can significantly affect a woman’s mental and physical well-being. Despite their importance, these stages are usually overlooked in routine health exams. We must address this, and the following outlines why perimenopause should be included in the NHS over-40s health check.

Understanding Perimenopause and Menopause

Hormonal variations during the perimenopause, which precedes menopause, can start in a woman’s late 30s or early 40s. Period irregularities, hot flashes, nocturnal sweats, mood swings, and sleep difficulties are just a few of the uncomfortable symptoms that can negatively impact one’s quality of life and general health. Next comes menopause, which is formally recognised as the end of menstruation for a full year.

The Current State of NHS Health Checks

The NHS currently offers health checks for individuals over 40 to screen for conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, and stroke. These checks aim to detect early signs of these conditions and provide preventive measures. However, despite the significant health changes that occur during perimenopause and menopause, these phases are not specifically addressed in the screenings.

Why Perimenopause Matters

1. Early Detection and Management

Including perimenopause in NHS health checks would facilitate early symptom identification and efficient treatment plans. Many women suffer from severe symptoms without understanding that their symptoms are related to changes in hormones. Early treatment can reduce these symptoms, enhancing life quality and averting more significant medical problems.

2. Comprehensive Health Assessment

Including perimenopause in health checks ensures a more holistic approach to women’s health. Hormonal changes during perimenopause can increase the risk of osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, and mental health issues. By monitoring these changes, healthcare providers can offer tailored advice and treatments to mitigate these risks.

3. Empowering Women with Knowledge

Managing perimenopause and menopause requires knowledge and awareness. Women can take control of their health by receiving correct information and assistance by incorporating these phases into health exams. Additionally, this can lessen the stigma and false beliefs associated with menopause.

The Role of Specialist Care

Consultant Gynaecologist Anne Henderson, one of the British Menopause Society Advanced Specialists, emphasises the importance of specialised care in managing menopause. With over 30 years of experience, Anne, known as the ‘Gynae Expert,’ provides invaluable health information and bespoke care through platforms like and The Amara Clinic in Tunbridge Wells. Her expertise highlights the need for comprehensive menopause care within the NHS framework.

Moving Forward

Improving women’s health care is largely dependent on the NHS over 40s health check including perimenopause. It shows a dedication to attending to the special requirements of women at this important juncture in their lives. We can make sure that women get the support and care they need as they navigate the perimenopause and menopause by offering early detection, thorough examinations, and powerful information.
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Anne Henderson is a Consultant Gynaecologist and one of a select group of British Menopause Society Advanced Specialists in the UK. With over 30 years of experience, she is renowned for providing high-quality health information and bespoke care through, the NHS, and private clinics, including The Amara Clinic in Tunbridge Wells.


Miss Anne Henderson

Anne Henderson is a Consultant Gynaecologist and British Menopause Society Accredited Specialist. She has been a consultant for more than 20 years, and spent 17 years as an NHS Consultant.

Now, as the owner of Gynae Expert Ltd and the Amara Clinic, she is passionate about championing women’s health and menopause in her practice, and by using her voice in media, online and on projects that have a positive impact on women’s physical and mental health.