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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.

Urinary incontinence is a highly personal and sometimes embarrassing issue, that many women find difficult to discuss with their doctor. However, it is a very common condition – affecting millions of people across the country – and there are a number of ways to effectively manage the problem. We’ve put together a short ‘FIVE WAYS TO IMPROVE URINARY INCONTINENCE’ guide to help you.

In the following blog, we outline five ways to improve urinary incontinence and highlight the benefits of contacting MAS Gynaecology for help.

Five ways to improve urinary incontinence


1. Do regular pelvic floor exercises

Organs that are found in the pelvis, including the bladder, bowel and uterus, are supported by a sheet of pelvic floor muscles. If these muscles are weakened (perhaps as a result of childbirth, obesity or ageing), they become less effective and bladder leakage is much more likely to occur.

This is where pelvic floor exercises, also known as kegels, can be beneficial. Kegels are designed to re-strengthen the pelvic floor muscles and they are an incredibly easy way to improve female incontinence. Sit comfortably and simply squeeze the muscles around 10-15 times in a row. Repeat this exercise daily and you should start to see an improvement in your bladder control.

2. Limit your caffeine and alcohol intake.

Caffeine and alcohol are both effective diuretics; they will encourage your body to produce more urine and may exacerbate urinary incontinence. As such, it is a good idea to limit your intake as much as possible – perhaps cutting down on coffee and reducing your weekly alcohol consumption.

Drinking too much liquid can also increase the likelihood of a bladder leakage; therefore, track your intake as much as possible and try not to exceed the recommended 6-8 glasses of water per day.


Thanks to MAS I noticed massive improvements in my urinary incontinence! 


3. Retrain your bladder

If you suffer from urinary incontinence, the chances are, you will visit the bathroom frequently to avoid having an ‘accident’. However, this habit can actually make the problem worse. Your bladder will get used to holding less urine and, over time, it can become more overactive than it was.

One way to improve female incontinence is, therefore, to retrain your bladder. Schedule your bathroom visits as much as possible and, if you feel the sudden urge to urinate, try to delay your trip to the loo by 5 minutes. The ultimate goal is to last 3-4 hours without needing to urinate.

4. Join your local yoga class

Joining a yoga class is a fantastic way to reduce the symptoms of urinary incontinence. Certain poses – such as the ‘hook lying with block’, ‘reclining bound angle’ and ‘legs-up-the-wall’ – will gradually strengthen your pelvic floor muscles and therefore help you to regain control of the bladder.

Yoga is also believed to improve general health and promote mindfulness and relaxation and such factors can help people to cope with the day-to-day challenges of bladder leakage and incontinence.

5. Contact a gynaecologist

You may feel too embarrassed to discuss your bladder incontinence with a doctor; however, it is often worth contacting a gynaecologist for help. They typically demonstrate a wealth of experience in this area and they can offer a range of effective urinary incontinence treatments – that will reduce your symptoms and help you to manage with daily bladder leakage.

For example, here at MAS Gynaecology, we currently offer a specialist incontinence treatment – called THERMIva. This revolutionary treatment uses temperature-controlled radio frequencies to strengthen the tissues around the bladder, thus reducing the symptoms of female incontinence. It is quick, easy and non-invasive and it could be just what you need to take control of your bladder.

Contact MAS for effective incontinence treatment. If you’re struggling to cope with urinary incontinence and would like to find out more about our pioneering THERMIva treatment, why not check out our ‘Guide to THERMIva’. Alternatively, feel free to get in touch with our team of urogynecologists. They demonstrate strong knowledge in this area and they are always on hand and happy to answer your questions. Either give us a call today on 0782 597 0530 or email fscott@masgynaecology.com. Alternatively, fill out our online form and we will respond as soon as possible.

How to Prepare for Your Surgery: If it has been decided that you require gynaecology surgery, then you can rest easy in the knowledge that at MAS Gynaecology you have a relaxing, sensitive environment in which to undergo whichever procedure our expert gynaecologists have recommended to you.

Based at our private gynaecology clinic on Harley Street our discrete approach allows you to feel at ease prior to your surgery – but did you know there are several things you can do yourself to prepare for your gynaecology surgery?

Pre-Operative Appointment
It is always advisable to attend a pre-operative assessment – this is a massive part of how to prepare for gynaecology surgery. This will include questions regarding your medical history and general health and part of the assessment will determine if you require specialist care during the procedure and as part of your recovery from the surgery.

The pre-op will require you to inform your gynaecologist and surgeon of any medication you are taking as well as any current conditions you may have. Normally this appointment will take place one or two days prior to your gynaecology surgery.

We provide information on the following:

  • If you need to amend your eating and drinking habits prior to your operation
  • If you can continue to take your usual medication before surgery
  • If you need to bring anything to our clinic or to hospital
  • If you will be required to stay overnight following the procedure

Picking MAS Gynaecology for my gynaecology surgery was the perfect choice!

Hygiene
As part of the preparation for your gynaecology surgery, you will need to remove all piercings, nail polish and makeup as this can help to reduce the amount of bacteria brought into the clinic or hospital. It is also advisable to have a shower or bath prior to arriving at the hospital. Do not shave or wax the area in question as this could increase the chance of a wound infection. If any hair needs to be removed this can be done by a medical professional.

Emotional Preparation
If you are wondering how to prepare for gynaecology surgery, then it is imperative that you prepare emotionally to undergo the procedure. Think positively and voice any concerns or questions you have to your gynaecologist or surgeon. All of this will help you to relax and to put you in the best frame of mind ahead of the gynaecology surgery.

Physical Preparation
As mentioned before you will be advised on amending your diet prior to surgery but even so it is advisable to stick to healthy foods. Good nutrition will support your body when it comes to fighting infections and it will also aid your recovery time. Remember to remain well hydrated and if you have been given any post-procedure exercises to perform it will do no harm to practice them ahead of entering surgery.

To book an initial common consultation to begin your journey with MAS Gynaecology, a relaxing, private gynaecologist in London, do not hesitate to contact us. Call us on 0782 597 0530. You can also email us at fscott@masgynaecology.com.

Are you looking to undergo a comprehensive sexual health screening, but you are unsure where to visit for your test? While there are NHS Clinics that provide these services, isome may prefer to visit a, private sexual health clinic in London such as MAS Gynaecology.

There are many differences between each type of clinic and although both can provide extensive screenings, there are many benefits to visiting a private sexual health clinic as opposed to a NHS surgery.

Our experienced, expert doctors can provide a variety of sexual health screenings which are all handled with exceptional levels of attentiveness, care, compassion and understanding. We offer complete confidentiality and an extremely discrete level of service. This is done to keep you as at ease as possible throughout your screening and throughout your treatment if you require it.


MAS Gynaecology was a fantastic choice for my private sexual health screen!


While at NHS Clinics you can receive a sexual health screen for a number of different potential STIs, at MAS you can choose between two quick and easy types of health screens which each cover several potential STIs in one screening.

Below see each one in more detail:

Mini Sexual Health Screen

Our smaller health screen is used to determine if you have Chlamydia, Gonorrhea or HIV. Designed to be discrete, provide fast results and also to give you peace of mind, this screening takes place at our private sexual health clinic in London.


Full Sexual Health Screen

If you choose the full sexual health screen test you will be screened for everything that is included in the mini screening as well as being tested for Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and Syphilis. If you have any immediate, pressing concerns regarding your sexual health or any potential infections then the MAS team advises that you opt for the full screening option

We offer the choice between either a male or female doctor which again is part of our pledge to make your visit to our sexual health clinic as comfortable as possible.

As well as employing doctors of both genders we have staff who are fluent in both English and German and are also adequately capable when it comes to communicating with patients in either French or Spanish. Because of this we are able to welcome people of various nationalities to the MAS Gynaecology Private Sexual Health Clinic in London.

Once you have visited our clinic and had your sexual health screening test within 48 hours will receive your results along with a short consultancy note from the doctor you visited for your screening. If anything flags up in your results, then you will have to return to our clinic but if your results are all clear then you will not need to visit us again.

If you require more information about our private sexual health clinic and the differences between it and an NHS clinic then please do not hesitate to get in touch with MAS Gynaecology by visiting our contact page and filling in our contact form.

There are many different reasons why a woman would book an appointment to see a gynaecologist like our team at MAS Gynaecology.

Our consultant gynaecologist Mohammad Masood has more than 25 years of experience in the field of gynaecology and he ensures all the women who visit his practice come into a calming, relaxed environment. This helps to allay any initial nerves that many women suffer when seeing a gynaecologist, particularly if it is the first time they have done so.

Mr Masood is a specialist minimal access surgeon. Through the keyhole procedures he performs, you are only left with very small, minimal scarring and the delicacy that his expertise provides allows for a quick recovery from surgeries which normally have lengthy recovery times such Hysterectomies and Myomectomies.

What is a gynaecologist?

Gynaecology covers numerous areas related to the well-being of the female reproductive organs. A gynaecologist, therefore, is a surgeon or doctor who specialises in that field.

Problems with a women’s health or well-being can be a sensitive issue which requires emotional understanding and complete discretion, something which is an integral part of the services offered at MAS. As well as the range of treatments that we provide, our professional team include advice and counselling as part of their services.

Reasons to see a gynaecologist

Why a woman would choose to visit our General Gynaecology Clinic will vary from woman to woman, although usually it is because of one of the following reasons:

• You are suffering from period pain
• You have been having particularly heavy periods, periods which have been longer than a week or are generally infrequent
• You have missed your period
• You are suffering from vaginal itching, swelling or unusual discharge or odours
• You have problems related to urinating such as urinary incontinence
• You have suffered a pelvic injury
• You think you could have sexually transmitted infection

Some women choose to see a special gynaecologist for common consultations, after all through regular visits seeing a gynaecologist will massively contribute to being the healthiest possible woman you can be. Discussions regarding contraception options are also available at MAS, while you can book in for a smear test or for miscarriage counselling and treatments.

Booking an appointment with MAS Gynaecologist kept me well and healthy!

MAS Gynaecology Services

Here at MAS as well as the treatments and consultations offered at our General Gynaecology Clinic, we also offer a number of specialist gynaecology treatments. Each service is provided with absolute professionalism and sensitivity. Below see a list of our gynaecology services:

Endometriosis Treatment

Endometriosis is where tissue normally found in the womb grows in other areas of the body which is normally painful and very uncomfortable to experience. Our treatments can provide pain relief, slow the production of the endometriosis tissue and they can also improve your fertility.

Fibroids Treatment

We offer a range of treatments to combat fibroids as each case of fibroids is unlike another. A fibroid is a non-cancerous polyp that grows in different areas of womb. They can lead to back or abdominal pain and also lead to heavy or painful periods.

Heavy Period Treatment

Non-surgical measures and the administration of medication are commonly used to treat heavy periods when you book an appointment with a gynaecologist. Heavy periods are when a woman bleeds a lot more than they usually do during their period.

Menopause Treatment

HRT, or Hormone Replacement Therapy as it is also known, is used to combat symptoms of the menopause. This is usually administered through creams, tablets, gels and skin patches though some women opt for an implant which will gradually release the HRT into their body over time.

Hysterectomy and Myomectomy Treatment

At MAS as a specialist gynaecologist, we provide both Hysterectomies and Myomectomies. A Hysterectomy removes the womb and is carried out to treat fibroids, heavy periods or cancer, while a Myomectomy is a procedure where uterine growths are removed to improve conception chances and to provide pain and discomfort relief.

Painful Periods Treatment

Our treatments can alleviate period pain which may or may not be caused by a medical condition such as endometriosis, fibroids or adenomyosis. when the womb lining breaks through to the womb wall.

Urinary Incontinence Treatment

This is when you leak or pass urine without intending to. Something that affects many, many people, our urinary incontinence treatments are considered revolutionary when it comes to helping people who suffer from the condition.

Cosmetic Gynaecology

Women may also visit a gynaecologist to receive cosmetic gynaecology. Mr Masood specialises in a variety of cosmetic procedures such as vaginoplasty, labiaplasty and clitoral hoodectomy.

See a Gynaecologist with MAS Gynaecology – contact us

Heavy periods occur when a woman loses significantly more blood during their period than what they would consider as normal for them. Heavy periods also known as menorrhagia in the medical world, is known to affect roughly 1 in 3 women during their life at one point or another but what can be done to treat heavy periods?

Bleeding from a heavy period is not always a sign that there is something to be seriously concerned about, although a heavy period can prove to be a massive inconvenience when it comes to living your daily life. Period pain is known to usually accompany heavy periods, so if you suffer a combination of the two it is always recommended to get checked out by our consultant gynaecologist at MAS Gynaecology.

What is classed a Heavy Period?

It is difficult to decide if a period is particularly heavy as the amount of blood lost during a period varies from woman to woman – what would be classed a heavy for one woman could be considered normal for another. Doctors will normally class a period as heavy if you lose over 80ml of blood during it, but this is obviously very difficult to precisely measure.

Most women will know how much they usually bleed during their period, so they are likely to notice that they have bled an excessive amount compared to normal.

There are, however, a few indictors that you are suffering from heavy periods, including:
• During your period you have bled heavily onto your bedding or through your clothes
• You feel that you must use pads and tampons together during your period
• You have used considerably more pads and tampons during a period than you normally do

Known Causes of Heavy Periods

The causes of a heavy period can very often remain unidentified, but despite this several factors or conditions have been known to cause a heavy period.

They are not limited to but include:
• Under-active Thyroid – This can cause you to have no, irregular or heavy periods
• Age – Heavy periods are most commonly known to affect aged between 30 and 49
• Medication – Certain types of medication which prevent blood clots, such as warfarin, can cause heavy periods
• Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) – this is a well-known medical condition in women which sometimes causes irregular periods, which when they start again can be quite heavy
• Fibroids – non-cancerous polyps or growths, of varying sizes and shapes, that can occur in the uterus wall and lining
• Endometriosis – lining or tissue otherwise found in the womb is found in other areas of the body such as the ovaries or fallopian tubes

Many women will ask “are heavy periods a sign of the menopause?” and before a woman’s periods stop completely because of the menopause it has been known for changes in their regular menstrual cycle to occur. Therefore, heavy periods can be linked to the menopause though this is more likely with women who are aged between 45 and 55, the age the menopause normally occurs.

Will a heavy period stop me from conceiving?

Simply suffering a heavy period will not change how likely you are to conceive or not. However, some of the known causes of heavy bleeding will affect your chances of getting pregnant. Fibroids, as mentioned in the section above, can cause heavy periods and they are known to affect how fertile you are.

During your visit to MAS Gynaecology, you should make it known that you would like to have children at some point in your life or that you are currently trying to get pregnant. Your consultant gynaecologist will need to know this as it will influence your potential treatment choices.

Will I need surgery to Treat heavy periods?

The cause of your heavy period will determine if you need to have surgery or not. Normally, non-surgical procedures and the use of medication are the treatment methods used first when it comes to heavy periods.

Surgery to stop heavy periods is normally only used as a last resort when the regular treatment methods have proven to be unsuccessful. The type or level of surgery you would receive depends on your symptoms and their severity.


Getting treatment for my heavy periods at MAS Gynaecology has changed my life!


Many women usually suffer through their heavy periods without visiting a doctor or consultant gynaecologist. They sometimes go months or even years before eventually seeking medical help and attention, which could not only treat their condition but vastly improve their quality of life.

We have been offering therapies to treat heavy periods for decades at MAS Gynaecology. By opting to go private with us you can remove all the stress that many women experience when visiting their regular GP. If you are looking for a diagnosis or a general consultation regarding heavy periods or if you already know the cause of your heavy periods, then get in touch with our team.

The professional and discrete staff and consultants are MAS are with you from the start of your treatment all the way to the finish. Call us on 0782 597 0530 to discuss matters further and to arrange a consultation.

Many people worry about visiting health specialists for various reasons, but one of the most feared is the gynaecologist. It’s understandable, as the majority of cultures consider showing what we deem our “private parts” to a stranger totally wrong and very exposing – plus, visits to a gynaecologist are usually for reasons connected to major life-affecting factors, be it fertility or the fundamental health of our bodies.

The team at MAS Gynaecology have heard every reason, and we’re here to explain why there’s nothing to fear in a trip to the gynaecologist, and how it’s actually one of the best things you can do for your own health and wellbeing.

I used to be terrified of seeing my gynaecologist – but the team at MAS helped me overcome my fear of the gynaecologist! It feels great to know that I’m safe and healthy

It is vital for your future health

Whether you have questions about your fertility as you plan a pregnancy, you have concerns about your personal health, or you’re just attending for your regular smear, your future may depend on a visit to the gynaecologist. Putting off a visit may delay – or even prevent – successful conception, as specialists will be able to give you valuable advice. In extreme cases, skipping your smear may have very serious results.

You can always change YOUR GYNAECOLOGIST

If the reason you’re worried is because you’ve had problems during a gynaecological exam before, think about what they were. Did your smear test hurt? This should never be the case, aside from the smallest of twinges. Did you feel you’d prefer a doctor with a different attitude? That shouldn’t put you off such an important appointment. If your problem is with your gynaecologist as an individual, you should consider looking around for somewhere new that will better suit your needs and put you at ease.

If there’s something wrong, you need to know

One excuse for failing to visit the gynaecologist – particularly for a smear – is fear of the unknown. If you’re worried about issues such as cervical cancer, it can be very easy to bury your head in the sand and stop thinking about it. However, if there is an abnormality that you don’t know about, catching it too late is a very real risk that will certainly see you regretting skipping that appointment.

You should always be able to feel relaxed and confident about attending your gynaecologist. At MAS Gynaecology, we are committed care, compassion and an extremely high quality of service. If you’re interested in discussing your needs and concerns with a member of our team, simply get in touch using the confidential contact form on our website today, and we’ll be more than happy to help you.