Questions to ask about menopause

These questions may help you discuss menopause with your healthcare team.

Diagnosis

  • Can you explain more about how menopause is diagnosed?

  • Can you diagnose menopause if I am taking a hormonal treatment?

About menopause

  • Can you tell me more about menopause and what to expect?

  • Should I still use a contraceptive during menopause to avoid pregnancy?

  • I am having medical treatment that will trigger menopause: can you explain what I should expect?

  • Are there any support organisations in my local area?

  • Can you provide any information for my family or carers?

About premature menopause (premature ovarian insufficiency)

  • Can you explain what causes premature menopause and why it has happened to me?

  • Are there any health risks associated with untreated premature menopause?

  • What is the likelihood that I could get pregnant after premature menopause?

Lifestyle

  • Would it help my menopausal symptoms if I made some changes to my lifestyle, such as becoming more physically active or changing my diet?

  • If I am overweight or a smoker does it affect my treatment options?

Treatment for menopausal symptoms

  • What types of treatment are suitable for my symptoms?

  • What are the benefits and risks of different treatments?

  • Are there any complementary therapies that could help?

  • I use complementary therapies for my symptoms – are these safe to take alongside other treatments?

  • If I already take an antidepressant, will that affect any treatments I can try for mood changes during menopause?

  • Can you tell me why you are recommending hormone replacement therapy (HRT)?

  • If I don't want to take HRT, or can't for medical reasons, what other treatments are there?

  • What type of HRT is suitable for me?

  • How quickly will HRT improve my symptoms?

  • Can I still become pregnant on HRT?

  • How and when do we decide I should stop taking HRT?

  • Might I have problems when I stop taking HRT?

  • Are there any serious side effects from HRT?

  • Are there any long-term effects of taking HRT?

  • Can you give me some other information (like a leaflet, DVD or a website) about treatment for menopausal symptoms?

For family members, friends or carers

  • How can I/we provide help and support?

  • Is there any additional support or information that I/we as carer(s) might benefit from?

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