Private GP support for women going through menopause: An expert's guide

Written by: Top Doctors®
Edited by: Conor Dunworth

Menopause, a natural phase in a woman’s life, generally begins in the late 40s or early 50s. It signifies the end of menstrual cycles and can bring numerous physical and emotional changes, which vary greatly from person to person. Society has become more cognisant of the impacts of menopause, but there remains much progress to be made.

In some instances, women might find it challenging to obtain the support they need through the NHS, making a private consultation a viable alternative. A private GP can help you access the diagnostic tests, support, and medication necessary to comfortably manage menopause. In her latest online article, highly experienced GP Dr Felicity Groom explains everything you need to know about accessing menopause care through a private GP.


The role of a private GP in your menopause journey

A private GP provides a personalised approach to menopause management. Tailored care is crucial in understanding and addressing the unique ways in which menopause affects you.

This is about you and your symptoms – so it’s essential to develop a treatment plan that works specifically for you.


Health checks for menopause care

Private health checks for menopause extend beyond standard medical assessments. They involve in-depth evaluations considering all aspects of your health and well-being during menopause.

Private GPs conduct comprehensive health checks, including crucial blood tests for menopause, to evaluate hormonal levels and identify risks for other health conditions, such as osteoporosis.

Blood tests are vital for developing an effective treatment plan for both the short and long term.


Personalised treatment plans

Acknowledging that each woman’s experience of menopause is unique, private GPs focus on creating customised treatment plans.

These plans may include lifestyle changes, dietary advice, and, if suitable, medication.

The aim is to find the best strategy for you, ensuring comfort and health throughout the entire menopausal process, which can last up to 14 years in some cases.


Hormone replacement therapy (HRT)

HRT can be an effective treatment for managing menopausal symptoms but is not suitable for everyone.

A private GP can provide detailed information about HRT’s benefits and potential risks, helping you make an informed decision that aligns with your health goals and lifestyle.

Ongoing support and diagnostics ensure that HRT remains safe and effective for as long as you need it.


Ongoing menopause support

Menopause is a journey, not a single event. Continuous support and monitoring from a GP are essential.

Regular check-ups and consultations with your doctor allow for the fine-tuning of your treatment plan, ensuring that you maintain your confidence and well-being throughout menopause.



For a more detailed understanding of menopause and the services offered by The Grosvenor Practice, visit Dr Felicity Groom’s Top Doctors profile today.


By Topdoctors
GP (general practitioner)

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