Do you regularly wake up in a pool of sweat? If so, did you know that this is one of the most common menopause symptoms? This results in reduced fertility and periods – and although the latter may sound promising – there are a variety of symptoms that can cause extreme discomfort and annoyance.

Here at MAS Gynaecology, we have helped hundreds of women combat the symptoms of perimenopause – the official name for menopausal transition. This is possible through our hormone replacement therapy (HRT), which is the most effective medication for menopause and is typically offered to women over 50.

In this blog, we will outline common menopause symptoms to help you establish whether you’re going through it and how we can help. We will also discuss HRT and whether it is a suitable treatment for you.

Top 5 Common menopause symptoms


1. Irregular periods

One of the most obvious symptoms that will indicate your transition into menopause is that you’re experiencing irregular – or a lack of – periods.

During the perimenopause stage, periods can become unpredictable, as they can come more often, less frequent, heavier or lighter – it all depends on the individual. This will reduce your chance of getting pregnant. However, it is still possible until the point where your periods stop for over 12 months.

2. Frequent urination

In addition to the regular trips you’re taking to the toilet for your period, you will be visiting more frequently, as menopause tends to weaken your bladder.

This weakening also leads to urinary leakage, which can occur whilst laughing, coughing, sneezing and exercising. You will also be more at risk of contracting urinary tract infections, although this can be avoided by drinking more fluids.

3. Hot flashes

This is one of the most common complaints that women deal with during menopause. They are usually referred to as night sweats and can cause disruption to your sleeping pattern. Although, you may also experience excessive perspiration during the day.

Hot flashes can become progressively worse the closer you get to actual menopause. This can be lessened by avoiding spicy foods, alcohol and caffeine – which are known to bring on a hot flush.

4. Memory lapse

Although everybody experiences some form of memory lapse, your forgetfulness will become worse when you’re approaching menopause.

This is due to low oestrogen, which causes serotonin and dopamine levels to dip – affecting your ability to think straight, making it harder for you to complete everyday tasks.

5. Mood swings

You may notice that you’re experiencing enhanced mood swings, which are due to a change in your hormone levels. The perimenopause reduces your hormone levels, resulting in heightened emotions, which can cause depression or anxiety.

This is where hormone replacement therapy is extremely beneficial, as it acts as a substitute for the lost hormones, in order to rebalance your body and mind.

Contact MAS for HRT treatment

Here at MAS Gynaecology, we offer hormonal therapy treatment to anyone going through menopause to alleviate the above symptoms. These can be offered in the form of skin patches, tablets, creams, implants and rings or pessaries, which all contain HRT.

One of our expert gynaecology consultants will conduct a full assessment to establish whether you are eligible for this treatment and, if so, which method would be the most beneficial for you. These treatments are usually given over a four-year period, as this is usually how long menopausal symptoms last.

To find out more about HRT and menopause, you can read our HRT blog here.

For further information on our menopause and hormonal replacement therapy service, get in touch today by calling us on 0782 597 0530, or alternatively, you can email us at fscott@masgynaecology.com.

Why use HRT is a common question we get asked and the answer is not always straight forward. Menopause is sadly inevitable as we age, due to the natural reduction in the production of female sex hormones such as oestrogen. Most of us are (un)lucky enough to only begin feeling the symptoms of menopause as we head into our late 40’s and 50’s but early onset menopause can affect women in their 30’s, often caused by damage to the ovaries, through surgery such as a hysterectomy or underlying medical conditions. Menopausal symptoms can be quite debilitating, ranging from hot flashes, disrupted sleep, mood swings, loss of sex drive and memory lapses, all just adding to the daily stresses we face.

And so, we search for a way to relieve the symptoms of menopause and allow us to live as normal a life as possible. One such treatment that has seen fantastic results for thousands of women across the globe is HRT, also known as Hormone Replacement Therapy.

Request a call back from our expert gynaecology team to discuss our HRT and menopause treatments.

What is HRT?

Hormone Replacement Therapy is the treatment for a number of conditions, but most commonly and effectively, menopause. It works by replacing hormones that the body has reduced production of or no longer produces, due to natural or medical reasons. HRT generally comes in three forms, oestrogen-only therapy (ET) and oestrogen plus progestogen therapy (EPT), both of these use artificially engineered hormones to augment the body’s natural hormones. The third form of HRT is which is becoming more wildly used is, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), which uses natural, chemically identical hormones to that produced by the body to reduce symptoms of menopause.

Why use HRT TO Treat menopause?

The question you may be considering is why use HRT to treat menopause symptoms? During the onset of menopause be it natural or surgical-induced, levels of oestrogen fall dramatically, causing menopause symptoms such as hot flashes, low sex drive, disturbed sleep and memory lapses. HRT or hormone replacement therapy has shown through numerous studies, to be one of the most effective treatments for menopause, offering a wide variety of benefits from reducing and combatting menopausal symptoms to protecting against other medical conditions such as osteoporosis and heart disease.

Many women have said that after having HRT, that they are delighted to have been given their lives back!

How does IT work?

All three basic forms of hormone replacement therapy work in the same way to replace the hormones no longer produced by the body, and easing the symptoms of menopause.

ET or oestrogen-only therapy replaces oestrogen which is the main hormone that helps combat symptoms of menopause and is used as a treatment plan for those who have surgically onset menopause caused by a hysterectomy.

EPT or oestrogen plus progestogen therapy is used for those women suffering from menopausal symptoms caused by the natural ageing process, as the ovaries which produce both hormones significantly decreases its production. EPT is used for those who experience menopause naturally as oestrogen alone can increase the risk of uterine cancer for those women with a uterus.

BHRT or Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, provides the same treatment as both ET and EPT but as mentioned earlier utilises natural, chemically identical hormones to that produced by the body.

Here at MAS Gynaecology our expert gynaecologist Mr Mohammad Masood is always on hand to delicately discuss your concerns or answer any questions you may have about your health and the services we provide, including Hormone Replacement Therapy for the treatment of menopause.