The menopause is one of the most significant biological changes a woman will go through in her life. It is defined as the last menstrual period and involves the natural reduction of hormones produced in the body as a woman gets older.

And it is this falling level of hormones, particularly oestrogen, that is thought to cause the menopausal symptoms that many women experience.

The menopause is a natural process and does not require medical treatment. However, there are treatment options available for the symptoms associated with menopause. Whatever your concern, we will be happy to discuss the treatments options available for you and help you to make an informed decision as to the treatment best suited to your unique  needs.

Most women go through the menopause between the ages of 45 and 55 years, but this can vary significantly from woman to woman. The symptoms you may experience include:

Early symptoms may include:

  • Hot flushes

  • Night sweats

  • Heart palpitations

  • Shortness of breath

  • Chest tightness

  • Headaches

  • Dizziness

  • Mood swings

  • Irritability

  • Anxiety

  • Decreased sex drive

  • Poor sleep pattern

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Forgetfulness

Later symptoms may include:

  • Increased frequency of passing urine

  • Discomfort when passing urine

  • Urine infections

  • Leakage of urine

  • Vaginal dryness

Other effects may include:

  • Dry skin and hair

  • Brittle nails.


Please contact reception for more information or to book your appointment


Useful Links

Well-Woman Centre – Well-Woman Centre Guide to the Menopause

Well-Woman Centre – Well-Woman Centre Factsheet on Hot Flushes



Content developed from HSE and NHS Choices
is adapted for Briarhill Family Practice by Briarhill Family Practice.

Paul Cotter

Bad Dog, 16 Seapoint, Barna, Galway