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Menopause Clinic and Early Menopause Clinic referrals

The menopause is a normal phase in women's lives, when menstrual periods stop and fertility declines.

All women experience it as they get older. For many women it does not cause any particular issues, and women are encouraged to discuss any concerns with their GP or Practice Nurse in the first instance.

However, for some women it may be more problematic, particularly if the menopause has started earlier than expected or as a result of treatment for other health problems and if there are other continuing health issues.

Problems such as complex menopausal symptoms, difficulties with hormone replacement therapy (HRT), other concurrent health issues, and also premenstrual syndrome (PMS), may all lead to referral.

The Menopause Clinic is run by Dr Katie Barber, a GP and British Menopause Society Recognised Menopause Specialist, with the support of additional GP Menopause Specialists.

It provides a holistic approach to menopause, which includes evidence-based information about lifestyle, alternative complementary therapies and orthodox treatment options.

New appointment slots are offered at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, and almost all follow-up appointments are via telephone, as we see significant numbers of patients from outside the Oxfordshire region.

Early Menopause Clinic

The Early Menopause Clinic is specifically for menopausal women under the age of 40.

This specialist clinic offers specialist clinical advice in managing the significance and consequences of early menopause, including fertility issues. Women with early menopause after cancer treatment or surgery can also be seen in this clinic.

Contact information for GPs

Dr Katie Barber

Email: menopause@ouh.nhs.uk

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