Northern Ireland’s first ever private Menopause Clinic has opened a dedicated service to provide local women accurate information and help make an informed choice in managing all aspects of menopause care.
The Kingsbridge Maypole Menopause Clinic, in Holywood Co Down is led by menopause specialist, Dr Siobhan Kirk who is only one of two doctors in NI recognised by the British Menopause Society. She is using her 15 years’ experience to try and help alleviate the myths and misconceptions about menopause and treatment options available.
Commenting on the new service she said,
“Women may spend over a third of their lives after the menopause and are now talking more openly about their experiences some of which present themselves with distressing symptoms that can often be masked or brushed off as something else.
“Anxiety, low mood, poor concentration, night sweats and insomnia are just some of these symptoms, many of which may start months or years before a woman’s periods have even stopped. Some often feel that they cannot cope because they don’t know what is going on.
“There can be some conflicting information about treatment options available. The benefits of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) far outweigh the risks for the majority of women, yet many still dismiss it from the outset.
“No two women are the same, so it is vital to look at how best we can manage their symptoms and improve their general health and wellbeing. That is why we are offering this new dedicated service. So many women have had life changing outcomes as a result of taking that first step and getting the help they need”, said Dr Kirk.
A menopause consultation will start with a detailed medical history, symptom and lifestyle assessment including blood pressure/body mass index measurement. A comprehensive management plan will then be agreed after counselling about all options available.
Blood tests, gynaecological exams and transvaginal ultrasound may be clinically indicated in some women and are not included in a menopause consultation but can be arranged through our partners at Kingsbridge Private Hospital in Belfast. Consultations are self-funding and not covered by health insurance.
To find out more information or book a consultation plan with Dr Kirk please go to www.3fivetwo.com/kingsbridge or www.drsiobhankirk.com. Alternatively you can contact the booking team on +442890 667878.Tagged with: dr siobhan kirk, dr siobhan kirk menopause clinic, first dedicated private menopause clinic, ladies health, maypole menopause clinic, menopause clinic, menopause clinic ni, private menopause clinic ni, womens health
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