Perimenopause and menopause are a natural part of a woman’s life course and usually occur between the ages 45 and 55 years of age, as a woman’s oestrogen levels drop (although it can start earlier).

Perimenopause refers to ‘around menopause’ and occurs during the body’s natural transition to menopause, marking the end of the reproductive years. Perimenopause is also called the menopausal transition.

It’s normal to feel anxious at this time of life and indeed, Menopausal anxiety is a well known symptom of Perimenopause and Menopause. This is a normal response to a stressful situation. What we try and is to stop the anxiety becoming an issue, getting in the way of your ability to live as you want to.

Menopausal weight gain can be another factor affecting your outlook and well being. The hormonal changes you are going through might make you more likely to gain weight around your abdomen than around your hips and thighs. However, hormonal changes alone don’t necessarily cause menopause weight gain. Instead, the weight gain is related to aging, as well as lifestyle and genetic factors. We specialise in dietary considerations, helping you through your bodily changes with a diet structured to you personally.

We also offer vitamins and supplements, tested in our Menopause Clinic, that we know work. An effective diet is the basis of our treatment, but we are also aware that you might be missing necessary nutrients at this time.

Menopausal symptoms include:

  • Irregular periods.
  • Vaginal dryness.
  • Hot flashes.
  • Chills.
  • Night sweats.
  • Sleep problems.
  • Mood changes.
  • Weight gain and slowed metabolism.

Post menopausal symptoms can include:

  • Hot flashes and night sweats.
  • Vaginal dryness and sexual
  • discomfort.
  • Depression.
  • Changes in sex drive.
  • Insomnia.
  • Dry skin.
  • Weight changes.
  • Hair loss.


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Meet Your Therapist

Charlotte Schilcher

I’m a Registered Nutritional Therapist and a member of the British Association of Nutrition & Lifestyle Medicine and the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council.  I regularly participate in additional training to keep up to date on the latest research and continue to modify my protocols in light of this.