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What Is Perimenopause & What Do You Need To Know?

The term “perimenopause” refers to the time in women’s lives when hormonal changes in the body begin to cause physical symptoms. Perimenopause can start anywhere from age 30 onwards, and lasts for an average of four years, though it can last for up to 10 years, so it’s important for women to understand their symptoms and be prepared to tackle them.

In many women, the time they move into perimenopause is often similar to when their mother did, implying a genetic element to perimenopause. However, how long the perimenopausal period is, and the symptoms every individual experiences are all unique.

At Elite Aesthetics, we are passionate about helping to make the issues surrounding women’s health and perimenopause clear and give our patients advice on the issues that affect them. In this post, we’ll give you everything you need to know about the symptoms of perimenopause and how to deal with them.


What Are The Symptoms of Perimenopause?

There are a wide variety of common symptoms affecting women during the perimenopausal phase of hormonal fluctuation, and they can include:

  • Fatigue and anaemia.
  • Mood swings, including anger, irritability and anxiety.
  • Memory loss.
  • Hot flushes.
  • Weight gain, bloating and fluid retention.
  • Breast tenderness, aches and painful joints.
  • Frequent headaches.
  • Urinary incontinence.
  • Vaginal dryness and low libido.


How Are The Symptoms Of Perimenopause Treated?

Throughout each phase of menopause, including perimenopause, hormone levels in the body can fluctuate significantly, which is what triggers the physical symptoms of menopause.

Hormones including oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone are all vital to continued normal function of skin, bones, brain function, cardiovascular health, genitourinary health and many more of the body’s systems, which is why it is important to help balance hormone levels during menopause and perimenopause.

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is a bespoke course of hormone treatments that are created specifically for each patient’s natural hormone levels and to address their own symptoms and concerns. At Elite Aesthetics, BHRT is available to help our clients through the perimenopause and menopausal period as comfortably as possible, and with minimal disruption to their health and well being.

BHRT is a bespoke prescription which we can offer after an extensive consultation and blood tests to help balance hormone levels and create the perfect, bespoke solution for you throughout the perimenopausal period.

To find out more about BHRT, symptoms of perimenopause and menopause, any of the other treatments we offer at Elite Aesthetics or to book your consultation with our experienced, doctor led team, contact us today on 01332 561 762.


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Dr. Shirin is a fully-trained and highly-experienced aesthetic physician, who works diligently to ensure a 5 star quality service, and brings an honest and ethical approach to every one of our clients. With over 20 years of experience in the medical field, including several years as a GP and a sub-speciality in anaesthetics, Dr. Shirin is fascinated by the harmony between medicine and aesthetics, and with her expertise, Elite Aesthetics is able to offer effective, doctor-led treatments to vastly improve the lives of our clients.

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We have extensive knowledge and experience in the medical and aesthetics industries, but we know that above all, the results matter! All of our treatments are vigorously tested in-house before we offer them to our clients to ensure they are safe, effective and will give you, our wonderful clients, the results you want. Your happiness, well-being and satisfaction are at the very core of everything we do here at Elite Aesthetics, and as a result we will never over-treat or carry out a procedure that Dr. Shirin, deems inappropriate or unsafe. Ethical treatment guides our practice, and we aim to become an industry leader in this respect. This means you can always feel confident that you are in safe hands when you choose Elite Aesthetics.

Our practice is led by our founder, Dr. Shirin Lakhani, who is an advocate for greater regulation in the aesthetics industry. Dr. Shirin and Elite Aesthetics believe greater regulation is vital to the development of aesthetics industry as a whole, and as such, our clinic’s philosophy is based on providing doctor-led care to the highest, medically approved standards. We adhere to stringent ethical and medical principles ensuring all the procedures we offer are safe and effective. Dr. Shirin is also fully registered with the GMC (reference number 4634863), and Elite Aesthetics is Save Face accredited, an endorsement recognised by the UK Government, The Department of Health, NHS England and the CQC (Care Quality Commission).

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