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Menopausal complaints


During the menopause, you can experience typical menopausal symptoms such as vaginal dryness, night sweats, changes in the menstruation, and mood swings. We can treat your menopausal symptoms with hormonal or non-hormonal medication. You and our gynaecologists will discuss the treatment options we can advise you on the most suitable treatment in your situation.

Treatment of menopausal complaints

Every woman will experience the menopause in a different way and most complaints will pass after a certain amount of time. Nevertheless, when complaints are serious or last a long time, you can consider treatment. There are different treatments that may help you to reduce the complaints.

Non-hormonal treatment

There are various options for a non-hormonal treatment.

  • A change of lifestyle through a healthier diet and/or quit smoking.
  • Homoeopathic treatment
  • Classic acupuncture
  • Antidepressants such as Venlafaxine and Gabapentin.

Hormonal treatment

There are two types of hormonal treatments:

  1. Oestrogens
  2. Oestrogens in combination with progesterone

Treatment with oestrogens is only suitable for women who have undergone a hysterectomy.

Doctors

To make an appointment with one of our gynaecologists you need a referral from a general practitioner. 

    Tailored treatments

    Every woman has her own, personal menopausal complaints. That is why the treatment of menopausal complaints are unique for every woman. We take your complaints seriously and will be glad to discuss them with you.

    Effectiveness of treatments of menopausal complaints

    Hormonal treatments are usually the most effective in case of severe menopausal complaints. There are, however, non-hormonal treatments as well. When you experience symptoms such as vaginal pain, discharge, itching, pain in the lower abdomen, and cystitis (bladder infection), we usually prescribe a local hormonal medication.

    Duration of the medication

    With a view on the possible adverse effects, it is necessary to evaluate the medication regularly. This can be done at our centre or by your GP.

    Seek help for your menopausal problems

    It is not always easy to talk about menopausal complaints. Even so, talking about them is the first step towards a solution. We are more than willing to discuss the various treatment options. You will need a referral from your GP or another specialist before you can make an appointment at our centre.

    Experiences with our treatments for menopausal complaints

    Read some of our clients’ experiences below.

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    “I used a hormonal treatment for quite a long time and this was very effective. But after a few months, the complaints returned and I was back to square one. I really felt very despondent. My attending doctor and I ultimately decided that a non-hormonal treatment would be preferable. This has been working very well for several months already. I think that it differs for every woman as some of my friends feel a lot better with a hormonal treatment.”

    José, aged 52

    “Dr. Van der Wijden is a highly experienced and professional gynaecologist. She takes her time, explains everything clearly, and is always willing to explain things again. She puts you at ease and is honest and sincere in her advice. I can recommend her to all women who are looking for a good gynaecologist. During my consultations, I thought her to be very knowledgeable, personal, and pleasant.”

    Annemarie, aged 48

    Tips for menopausal complaints

    Changes in the menstruation, vaginal dryness, and hot flushes are very common menopause symptoms. To make these symptoms a bit easier to bear, we would like to offer you some tips you can apply yourself.

    Vaginal dryness

    • First of all, talk about your physical problem with your partner. You will see that you are not alone in this, which will make coping with the menopausal complaints already a lot easier.
    • During sex: focus more on the foreplay and make sure that your vagina is moist enough to have sexual intercourse.
    • You can also use a lubricant or moisturiser when you are having sex. You can apply the lubricant in your vagina as well as on your partner’s penis.

    Hot flushes

    • Wear several layers of clothing. Preferably made of cotton, wool, or silk. When you feel the hot flush coming up, you can take off a piece of clothing.
    • Are you overweight? Try to lose some weight, as the fat layer will make it more difficult for your body to lose the heat.
    • Avoid sleeping under a synthetic duvet. We advice cotton sheets and/or woollen blankets.
    • Avoid hot beverages such as coffee and tea. Besides that, alcohol and spicy food can also induce hot flushes.

    For more tips on menopausal symptoms or treatments, you can contact us without any obligation. Sometimes, just talking about them can already be a huge relief.

    You can reach us by phone every day at 020 305 5800.

    What is the menopause?

    The menopause is a period in a woman’s life which most often takes place between the age of 45 and 55. Your menstruation becomes irregular and will ultimately disappear. Your last menstruation is called the menopause. The average age for this to occur is 51.

    Facts about the menopause

    ‘Many women experience menopause symptoms’

    ‘About 75% of them suffer from hot flushes’

    ‘35% of women in the Netherlands between the age of 40 and 60 call in sick at work due to menopause complaints’

    The most common menopause symptoms

    The menopause is a period in a woman’s life in which she can experience several physical inconveniences. The most common menopause complaints are:

    Hot flushes

    Hot flushes are short moments in which you feel a strong sensation of heat. Around 75% of all women in menopause experience hot flushes. They always appear suddenly and are extremely disturbing. There are a few things you can do to reduce these inconvenient hot flushes. With some women, the complaints are reduced by drinking less coffee and alcohol. Other women benefit from doing more sports activities.

    Fatigue and listlessness

    You are not in the mood to undertake anything and you feel like sleeping all the time. This can be caused by a disturbed sleep rhythm caused by night sweats.

    Low mood

    Due to the physical and mental changes, the balance in your body gets disturbed. This affects your emotions and can result in feelings of sombreness and depression. By taking sufficient rest, but also by exercising and spending time outdoors, this low mood can be alleviated.

    Need for intimacy

    Some women can experience a reduced sex drive and others may experience pain during sex. Talk about this with your partner or friends. As you may feel the need for another kind of intimacy, it can be a challenge to develop this with your partner or within yourself.

    Complaints when urinating

    As you become older, the pelvic floor muscles and supportive tissues will slacken. This may cause a prolapse of the bladder. Additionally, as the mucous membranes of the urinary tract become thinner, it is easier to contract cystitis. A combination of these complaints can result in having difficulty to hold your urine or you lose urine when you sneeze, cough, or exercise.

    Make an appointment

    To make an appointment, please contact us via telephone number 020 – 3055 845. You can reach us during office hours between 08:30 – 17:00 hours.

    You will need a referral from a general practitioner.

    DR. C. VAN DER WIJDEN
    Monday: 13:00 – 20:00 hour
    Tuesday: 13:00 – 16:30 hour
    Wednesday: 8:30 – 16:30 hour

    DRS. M. VAN DER HEEMST
    Thursday: 8:30 – 12:30 hour

    Location Emmastraat
    T: 020 – 305 58 22

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