The Women’s Health Clinic
As our name suggests we specialise in women’s health providing an wide range of treatments and services by some of UK’s finest nurses and a group of dedicated specialist doctors.
Our nurses are able to offer help, advice, diagnostic tests and tailored treatments for women affected by menopause, heavy periods, urine incontinence, uterine prolapse, sexual health and other health matters.
Your hormones are a vital part of a healthy well-functioning body. The process of growing older with all of its side effects is considered a normal part of life, and whilst we cannot stop ageing, we can substantially improve the quality of your life with Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy. Through an individualised BHRT program we can work to restore your hormones to their optimal balance and give you relief from some of the unfortunate effects of growing older.
Unlike conventional HRT, BHRT supplies your body with adequate levels of key hormones like estrogen, progesterone, testosterone and DHEA. However, it does that without the great risks posed by conventional synthetic based Hormone Replacement Therapy.
By using compounds that have the exactly same chemical and molecular structure as the key hormones naturally found in your body, BHRT not only liberates you from the intrusive symptoms caused by menopause but just as importantly, BHRT helps improve your life’s quality, vitality and your well-being while at the same time contributing to slowing the ageing process.
Safe and effective relief from menopausal symptoms
Higher energy levels
Better metabolism and decreased body fat
Increased bone mass
Enhanced immune system
Since the Women’s Health Initiative Study (WHI) which combined estrogen and progestin demonstrated a clear increase in risks in inducing later-life illnesses, more and more doctors and women have steered clear of traditional Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). The medical world has largely ignored a more natural and safer approach to hormone therapy. Also known as natural hormone therapy (NHT), BHRT uses hormones that act like those that women’s bodies naturally produce from the ovaries and adrenal glands. Even though safer than synthetic hormones, the best way of taking BHRT is with the concurrent monitoring of blood and/or urine hormone levels to help keep these in the optimal range.
BHRT applies for women who
Suffer from hot flushes
Have reduced bone mass
Have entered menopause prematurely (before the age of 40) and suffer from premature ovarian insufficiency
Experience other menopausal symptoms
Who have emotional symptoms and mood swings associated with menopause
Have depression or anxiety associated with menopause
Have loss of libido
Have poor concentration and brain fog
Want to help support their skin collagen
The hormones can be administered in different ways. The hormones are available as:
Topical gels or creams
Vaginal creams and pessaries
Orally through lozenges and less commonly tablets and capsules
Contraception is your private business and as such our coil fitting service is discreet and completely private, with only your Nurse knowing why you are visiting us. We provide the fitting of IUD’s in a safe, private and luxurious environment by specially trained and certified Nurses who can talk you through your options and help you to decide which product is most suitable for you.
Mirena® (levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system) is a hormone-releasing system placed in your uterus to prevent pregnancy for as long as you want for up to 5 years. Mirena also treats heavy periods in women who choose intrauterine contraception. Our specialist Nurses will guide you and inform you as to the benefits and risks associated with this coil, and check whether or not this is a suitable device for you.
An IUD is a small plastic and copper device which is fitted into your uterus (womb). It has one to two threads at the end. These very thin and mostly unnoticeable threads hang through the opening at the entrance to your uterus (cervix) into the top part of your vagina.
There are a number of different types and sizes of IUD to suit most women. An IUD is able to remain in for between 5 & 10 years, depending on the type used. For women aged 40 or older when the IUD is fitted, it can be left in place until you reach menopause. IUD’s can only be fitted by a specially trained and certified trained doctor or nurse. IUD’s are sometimes called a coil.
You will likely feel a strong cramp at the time of the insertion. We use a local anesthetic on your cervix and recommend that you take ibuprofen 1 hour before your appointment to help with the cramping. Most women feel fine after resting for a few minutes. Some women do find that the cramps remain strong and may be given a stronger pain killer if needed.
We usually insert the local anesthetic with a needle, because it is the quickest way to freeze (numb) the cervix. If you prefer, you can have the gel instead. You need to tell the staff so that they can book you for an extra 30 minutes. You will be given a syringe of gel to put into your vagina (like a tampon). You can do this in the bathroom. Then you need to wear a pad and wait for at least 20 minutes back in the waiting room. This works just as well as the injected local anesthetic.
IUDs work immediately. Make sure you use condoms if there is risk of sexually transmitted diseases.
After your first period or in about one month, check to see if you can feel the string by putting your finger inside, to the top of your vagina. If you can’t feel the string or if you feel any hard plastic, check with a doctor. If you don’t want to do the string check yourself, book an appointment with your regular doctor or with us. After the first month, you only need to get checked if you notice something wrong. Note: Bayer will replace your IUD (Mirena, Kyleena or Jaydess) free if it comes out in the first 6 weeks AND you see a doctor about it.
Don’t worry. Expect that copper IUDs will make your first periods quite heavy and that they will get better after three months. If they remain very heavy, make sure you eat well or take iron supplements so that you do not become anemic.
Ibuprofen 400-800 mg is the best for cramps. Heat (hot water bottle, heating pad, etc) and anything that helps you relax will help.
If you get pregnant with an IUD, check with a doctor to make sure it is a normal pregnancy.
Most women feel well enough to continue their normal activities that day and are able to control any cramps with ibuprofen. Some women do have very strong cramps and need to rest. Unfortunately we cannot tell how it will be for you. Don’t plan any major physical activity that day (running a marathon, moving house).