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Why choose menopause private treatment?

Posted by Mandy Donnison
on 17 Aug 2022


Night sweats. Irregular periods. Brain fog. Anxiety. If you’ve been suffering with the side effects of the menopause, you’ve no doubt started searching for menopause treatment options. While there is some support available on the NHS, if this stage in your life starts to severely impact your mental health and those around you, private treatment for menopause could be the best way forward. 

Delamere wellness retreat offers a range of residential programmes to help women overcome the challenges of the menopause. Whether your symptoms are making you physically ill or mentally unstable, our holistic therapists can provide all the support you need to get life back on track with a combination of medication and psychotherapy. Our tranquil forest setting is the ideal environment to rebalance body and mind.

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Types of menopause treatment

Menopause usually occurs between the ages of 45 to 55 when a woman’s hormones start to naturally decline. The drop in oestrogen and progesterone causes your periods to become irregular and eventually stop. 

In the months or years preceding this, you may start to experience perimenopause symptoms such as mood swings, loss of libido, difficulty concentrating, headaches, night sweats, hot flushes and insomnia. When a woman has had no period for 12 months this is classed as being in active menopause. There are many menopause treatment options available. Here are some of the most popular ones:

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) 

HRT is one of the most common approaches to menopause treatment. It helps to reduce unpleasant side effects by restoring the balance of hormones in the body. Tablets, skin patches, gels, creams…there are many different types of HRT which contain either oestrogen or progesterone only or a combination of both. 

Not everyone wants Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) as, for some people, it can increase the risk of certain conditions, such as breast cancer. During your menopause private treatment at Delamere wellness retreat your therapist will develop a treatment plan that’s right for you and takes into account your medical history. 

Other medications for menopause treatment

Some women can’t take oestrogen for medical reasons and so might be prescribed other medications to help reduce menopause symptoms. Low-dose antidepressants, gabapentin and the blood pressure drug, clonidine, can all be used to combat hot flushes, for instance, and vitamin D and calcium supplements can help lessen the risk of developing osteoporosis (weak bones). 

Some of these treatments come with their own unpleasant side effects but this can be effectively managed during your menopause private treatment at Delamere from the comfort of your ensuite room. 

Nutrition and exercise for menopause symptoms

There are many things you can do to support your hormone health during the menopause. Eating a diet rich in fruit and vegetables and low in refined sugar and saturated fat will help you to maintain a healthy weight and avoid spikes in blood glucose. Regular exercise may not help lessen menopause symptoms, but it does have a positive effect on your mental health and well-being. Activities that involve breathing exercises, such as yoga, can help you to feel calm and relaxed.

If you’re interested in menopause private treatment, a residential rehab programme at Delamere offers not only the right medical support, but also a restorative environment that encourages healthy lifestyle habits. Guests are invited to make use of the stunning natural forest surroundings for exercise complemented by well-balanced meals and nutritional support.

Lifestyle changes for menopause 

Drinking too much alcohol or coffee, smoking tobacco or taking illicit drugs is always harmful, but these unhealthy habits can be even more problematic for women going through the menopause. They can all trigger hot flushes and compound other common menopause symptoms such as sleep problems and depression. However, dealing with the menopause can make women more likely to turn to drink or drugs. 

As the UK’s first purpose-built rehabilitation clinic, Delamere can also offer help with substance use disorders, alcohol addiction and drug addiction. Our menopause treatment programmes can include a clinical alcohol or drug detox, if required, alongside a wide range of therapeutic techniques, delivered by a caring and compassionate team. 

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for menopause 

Mood changes are very common during menopause and can leave women feeling flashes of anger, sadness, stress, irritability and despair. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a type of talking therapy that is proven to decrease the impact of menopausal symptoms. Studies show CBT is especially effective at improving hot flushes and night sweats, depressive symptoms, sleep difficulties and sexual concerns (1).                             

The holistic therapists at Delamere wellness retreat are experts in using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for menopause to help people overcome a variety of mental health issues, including anxiety and depression. They will work with you to overcome the negative thoughts and behaviour that accompany the menopause and move on with your life.                                     

Taking a holistic approach to menopause treatment

The menopause isn’t just about battling with biological symptoms, it’s about your care team also understanding your psychological needs. A holistic approach to menopause treatment means looking at the whole person and addressing their personal preferences in terms of diet, exercise, nutraceuticals (e.g. vitamin D supplements) and therapy. 

Person centred care (PCC) is defined as “care that is respectful of and responsive to individual patient preferences, needs and values” which means you receive truly individualised care that is designed around you (2).  

Delamere wellness retreat has a multi-disciplinary team of clinicians who take a holistic approach to care. They help to empower guests to choose their own methods of menopause treatment which delivers the best outcome. 

How can Delamere help with menopause treatment?

Menopause can completely take over your life, affecting the way you think, feel and behave. Surrounded by six acres of landscaped grounds, a residential rehab programme at Delamere takes you away from the stresses and strains of everyday life and provides the ideal environment to rest and recuperate. We have a team of exceptional medical professionals who are specially trained in menopause treatment and can support you both clinically and emotionally.

Our holistic therapists will help you find the right balance of medication, psychotherapy, exercise and nutrition to restore your body to its physical, emotional and psychological best. You can take part in a wide variety of somatic healing practices, such as yoga, meditation, art, music and equine therapy, to help you cope with the devastating effects of menopause and start to rebuild your life. 

Through both one-to-one counselling and group therapy sessions, we will help you to deal with any underlying issues, such as addictions, behaviours or mental health problems, that may have manifested as a result of menopause. By treating the whole person, and not just the symptoms, we will find the individual care plan that best suits your needs and help you transition through the menopause with ease. 

If you think you may be need menopause treatment, call us confidentially to speak to a member of the team today.


References

1. Green, Sheryl M. PhD et al. Cognitive behaviour therapy for menopausal symptoms (CBT-Meno): a randomized controlled trial. Menopause: September 2019 – Volume 26 – Issue 9 – p 972-980. doi: 10.1097/GME.0000000000001363.

2. Kalra, B., Agarwal, S., & Magon, S. (2012). Holistic care of menopause: Understanding the framework. Journal of mid-life health, 3(2), 66–69. https://doi.org/10.4103/0976-7800.104453.




About the author: Mandy Donnison

Mandy manages our admin, HR and finance functions here at Delamere. Find out more about Mandy on our team page.



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