MESSAGE FROM OUR DOCTORS
Message from our doctors
Our doctors at Menopause Health have been treating women with menopause, peri-menopause and related conditions almost exclusively for over 15 years. Over the years and after consulting with tens of thousands of patients, we have been able to see patterns in symptoms that have enabled us to provide a better focused treatment with significantly improved results. We know what criteria in a patient's history to look for and can extract valuable information from blood results that can make the difference between a successful treatment and disastrous experience. We have developed protocols to deal with very complicated cases to achieve very good results. And we, as a group of doctors and clinical assistants, share our experiences with each other to find new and improved protocols to deal with difficult conditions.
Although we offer all forms of treatment, we prefer prescribing a tailor-made treatment for our patients. We recognise that some women are very sensitive to oestrogen, others may be sensitive to progesterone. We understand the need for testosterone in some women and how best to treat troublesome problems like vaginal dryness, hormone headaches and how to avoid weight gain from their treatment.
Please feel free to contact our doctors if you would like to discuss the diagnosis, treatment, and management of your patient.
Oestrogen Dominance/Oestrogen Sensitivity
Over time we have treated women going through menopause, we have seen a significant increase in women presenting with severe symptoms of oestrogen overload. These symptoms include fluid retention, weight gain, headaches, breast tenderness, irritability and "night time" overheating. Often these symptoms are cyclical even in the absence of menstrual periods. If these women receive oestrogen, their symptoms often get worse. If they are given daily progesterone, they feel good for part of a cycle but not so good for the rest of the cycle.
Through a process of pathology testing and a detailed symptom calendar, we can map out a patient's ovarian cycle, enabling us to provide cyclical treatment for her symptoms.
Dr Gary Aaron
We have been able to identify two types of headaches. We refer to them as "oestrogen build up headaches" and "oestrogen drop off headaches". By asking the patient to keep a headache or migraine calendar we can often show the close relationship between the headaches and the hormonal changes.
The most common points in a cycle where women experience their headaches is:
1. Midcycle (around day 12 to day 14) - relates to the oestrogen surge followed by the oestrogen drop off.
2. Luteal phase – the days leading up to her period - relates to a gradual increase in oestrogen.
3. Early follicular phase – anywhere from day 27 to day 5 of a cycle - relates to an oestrogen drop off.
By understanding the cause of a patient's headache, we are able to offset hormone imbalance by supplementing the right hormone at the right time.
Initial consultation is bulk billed *
* The initial face to face consultation is bulk billed however a patient who is consulted telephonically will not be charged for her initial consultation. A treatment program fee will be charged if the patient chooses to commence treatment