Treating Women

Since 2003

treating women since 2003

Don’t suffer through your menopause symptoms any longer; book an obligation-free initial video or phone consultation with us today.

Signs and Symptoms of Menopause

What are hot flushes?

More than 57% of women report hot flushes and night sweats during menopause, with symptoms often beginning between ages 45 and 49 (1). It’s not uncommon for women to experience moderate to severe hot flushes for up to 10 years. For some, these symptoms can continue well beyond the age of 80.

The hot flush experience

Hot flushes are described as a sudden feeling of heat or warmth, often paired with profuse sweating. Some women may experience an increase in their heart rate, a red or flushed face, and heat affecting the whole body.

These moments can last anywhere between a few seconds to 30 minutes or more (2). You may find that your skin often also feels hot to the touch.

Other common hot flush symptoms

Other hot flush symptoms may include nausea, anxiety, light-headedness, the feeling of being unwell, sleeplessness (due to being woken by overheating) and an overactive mind (3).

How long will I have hot flushes for?

No hot flush experience is the same from woman to woman, with differences in individual symptoms, severity and duration of symptoms.

One significant factor that determines the duration of symptoms is the timing of the onset of hot flushes and night sweats. If these symptoms are experienced before menstruation ends or during the perimenopause stage, then symptoms tend to last for more than 11 years. For women who are already post-menopausal when hot flushes first set in, symptoms instead average between 3-4 years (4).


Night sweats: a common menopause experience

Night sweats affect many women during menopause – it’s one of the most common symptoms, impacting over 70% of menopausal women.

What are night sweats?

Night sweats share similar symptoms to hot flushes but only take place at night while sleeping. The excessive sweating experienced is unrelated to an overly warm sleeping environment (although this may contribute to the severity).

The typical night sweat experience

Night sweats are known for their unpredictability, causing women to wake up with pyjamas and bedsheets soaked in sweat.

Disturbed sleep patterns caused by night sweats during menopause or peri-menopause can lead to other problems, including irritability, difficulties in concentration, insomnia, exhaustion, increased stress and extreme levels of tiredness (1). Without a solid amount of sleep in your routine, this can lead to ongoing impacts on your moods, energy levels and general sense of wellbeing.

The impact of hormonal imbalances

While menopause is the most common cause of night sweats in women, there are a number of other possible causes which need to be ruled out, including sleep apnoea, thyroid dysfunction and diabetes (2).

Our team works with you to assess the source of your night sweat experiences and find an ongoing treatment solution.


Menopause and mood changes

Mood changes (or mood swings) are another prevalent symptom in menopausal and peri-menopausal women. Defined by their extreme or rapid changes in mood, hormonal imbalances (changes to levels of oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone) can result in mood changes that may feel wild or erratic (1).

The typical mood swing experience

Have you found yourself reacting to the slightest things lately with larger-than-normal reactions?

Whether it’s an inexplicable surge of anger, sudden tears, deep sadness or irritability, the changing hormones in your body can contribute to rapidly altering moods and emotions. These changes not only impact you but your family and friends. If you’ve found yourself wondering what’s happening in your body, you’re not alone.

The causes and triggers of mood swings

In preparation for menopause, a woman’s oestrogen levels begin to drop, and hormone levels fluctuate. This rollercoaster is directly responsible for the symptoms of mood swings and sudden changes. With the North American Menopause Society finding that up to 23% of women experience mood swings before, during and after menopause, this is an entirely normal part of the menopause experience (2).

Drops in oestrogen are believed to affect the body’s management of serotonin (3). Hormone shifts can also intensify existing feelings and emotional experiences.

Treatment for mood changes related to menopause

For women experiencing mood swings due to menopausal changes, there’s a wide range of treatments available to help moderate the impacts. Treatment options include counselling, medication and lifestyle recommendations. If you’re experiencing mood swings as a result of menopause, reach out to find the friendly expert advice you need to find a new pathway forward.


Memory loss and menopause

Memory loss is not unusual for women to experience during menopause. Commonly referred to as ‘brain fog’, many women may struggle to recall details, names, addresses and more.

As menopause leads to a depletion of ovarian hormones, there can be an impact on the oestrogen that works within the brain. One ovarian hormone in particular, estradiol, directly relates to changes in memory performance and memory function (1).

For women with other medical conditions, such as diabetes or hypertension, there’s an increased risk again for cognitive decline. While research is continuing on these correlations, there are preventative measures that can look to increase overall health and wellbeing, leading to the protection of necessary brain functions.

Treatment for memory loss symptoms

While some women will find that the menopause ‘brain fog’ is mild and goes away with time, others experience more severe, ongoing issues with memory loss and recall.

Our trained specialists are equipped to work with you to rule out any other issues, and also explore necessary treatment options that may reduce and manage this experience. Treatment options include hormone treatment, lifestyle prevention options, exercise and more.


Sleep disorders and menopause

Women struggling to get an appropriate amount of sleep each night can experience issues with concentration, irritability, and a weakened immune system.

Sleep disorders can be a difficult experience for women undergoing menopause – the impacts of reduced are sleep exacerbated by shifting hormone levels (1). Hormone levels can also be the root of sleep problems, creating an ongoing cycle if the core issue isn’t resolved.

Menopause symptoms related to sleep disorders

The symptoms of sleep disorders often directly correlate to the signs of menopause, with one exacerbating the other. Night sweats, for example, can lead to disruptions in sleep patterns as they wake women up several times throughout the night.

The common effects of sleep disorders include (2):

Treatments for menopause-related sleep disorders

We want to help you get the sleep you need. There are a number of treatments available for women experiencing sleep disorders related to menopausal changes. With treatment plans adaptable across individual health concerns and considerations, sleep disorders can be treated through a mixture of medications, lifestyle and behavioural modifications.

Menopause and weight gain

Weight gain is commonplace for women going through menopause, with approximately 90% of women gaining weight during this time (1).

This is due in part to the slowing of metabolisms that occur during aging, as well as fluctuating hormone levels. Decreases in levels of progesterone, testosterone, and oestrogen impact how a woman’s body stores and loses fat (2).

With a proactive approach to lifestyle choices, many women are able to find a rhythm in maintaining a healthy weight during menopause.

Simple ways to combat menopausal weight gain

Just like in any other life stage, there are some simple areas that can make a dramatic difference in weight gain during menopause. These include:

  • Cutting down on sugar intake
  • Exercising in a manner that’s effective for weight loss (such as regular cardio)
  • Cultivating a healthy mindset – rather than depriving yourself, opt for healthy whole foods and a diet rich in nutrients
  • Improving sleep quality and quantity – going to bed at a regular time, limiting light exposure 30-60 minutes before bed, and providing a relaxing environment in the bedroom
  • Limiting alcohol consumption

Treatments for menopausal weight gain

Our experienced menopause consultants can work with you to develop an appropriate treatment plan that’s tailored to your individual needs. Benefit from a team that specialises in menopause support and find the care you need during this new season.


Vaginal symptoms and menopause

During menopause, the vagina goes through several changes, including vaginal atrophy. This is the medical term for the thinning of the vaginal wall that occurs during menopause as oestrogen levels drop, leading to the official pronouncement of menopause after 12 months without a period.

While the vagina is normally moist, red and plump, dips in oestrogen levels lead to a thinning of the vaginal lining, a change in colour to light pink or blue, and a drier, less elastic quality (1). This change begins during peri-menopause and is generally evident once menopause has finished and women are post-menopausal.

Seeking help and support from trained practitioners is one way you can support yourself through this new season of life and these intense hormonal changes.

Common vaginal symptoms

Many women experience vaginal symptoms before and during menopause that include (2):

  • Vaginal dryness
  • Itching
  • Irritation
  • Pain with sexual intercourse (known as dyspareunia)
  • Bleeding
  • Discharge
  • Urinary tract system issues

It’s important to pay attention to these symptoms, as any changes in the vagina can also lead to an increased risk of various vaginal infections.

Treatments for vaginal symptoms

A number of treatments are available for women suffering from menopause’s vaginal impacts, including non-hormonal and hormonal treatments. Our menopause consultants can assist in building personalised treatment plans that are designed to suit your individual needs and health considerations.


Is there a menopause treatment that works?

In recent years, one of the most important shifts in menopause research and treatment is the recognition that body-identical hormone treatments have proven to be much safer than synthetic hormone treatments. This is something that the doctors at the Centre have supported since our inception in 2003. This has also meant that commercially produced TGA-registered body-identical hormones are available in specific doses.

Best practice menopause treatment should be patient centred and specific for her needs. As such, treatment options, dosing and length of treatment should be considered based on the individual’s symptoms, circumstances, and expectations. Click here to learn more about what to expect when you sign up with us!

Think you might be suffering menopause symptoms such as hot flushes, night sweats, low libido, lack of energy, poor sleep…the list goes on? We’d like to invite you to…

Why Consider Australian Menopause Centre?

Our doctors will advise what treatment options may be available for you.

Treatment Program options that may be suitable for you.

Regular follow-up & monitoring by our patient care team.

Video or Telephonic consultations and advice, at a convenient time and place for you.

Applying latest research findings to improve patient outcomes.

We have years of combined medical experience helping women on their menopause journey.

Google Reviews

Mary Walter

verified customer

I have been with the centre for quite some years now, and find them very helpful and pleasant each time they contact me. Always very obliging, and knowledgeable.
Ease of use is paramount, and I have found that contact via email and phone calls works so well for me.
I have no problem recommending the Australian Menopause Centre to anyone who has concerns for their health.

Maria Bates

verified customer

I have used this service for a while now and I have enjoyed the support I have experienced from the staff. They are available to speak to whenever I have needed them and my medication arrives at my door when it is due. Very positive experience to date and a service that I have not found elsewhere to date.

Melanie Roddy

verified customer

The Australian Menopause Centre has been nothing but fantastic! My mother recommended I get in touch with them as she's been receiving treatment from them for about 2 years. I contacted them using their online service and got a response almost instantly. Since then, every person involved has been professional, friendly and very helpful. The tailored treatment I have received has made a world of difference to my life and I've recommended them several times to friends with similar issues. I cannot speak more highly of this organisation, I know I can contact them at any time if I have any issues and they always respond quickly. These are people you can count on.

The Australian Menopause Centre was founded out of a desire to provide a listening ear and ongoing care during a difficult stage in a woman’s life.

Don’t suffer through your menopause symptoms any longer; book an obligation-free initial video or phone consultation with us today.

Join one of the many women who have come to us for help? Contact us now!

Meet Our Doctors

Please find details on our current doctors below:

Dr Gary Aaron

CEO and Medical Director

Registration number: MED0001163504

Dr Arshia Khalid

Registration number: MED0001201143

Dr Dalia Ubied

Registration number: MED0001603521

Request Your Free Consultation

Fill in the form below and one of our consultants will contact you to book your consultation.

We abide by our privacy statement. Your information will not be shared

After your consultation with the doctor and you are considered suitable for hormone therapy, a treatment program fee will be discussed before proceeding further.