Menopause & Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy

"Helping you transition menpopause"

Menopause, like adolescence, is a time of upheaval to your hormones and a transition to older age. We live a third of our lives post menopause and the effect on our physical, mental health and relationships with partners and work colleagues can be profound.
 
The British Menopause Society recommends women should start on HRT to treat menopausal symptoms within 5 years of their final period to derive maximum health benefits.
 
Hormones are messenger chemicals that have hundreds of functions communicating with organs and cells around your body. The second biggest receptor for oestrogen is your brain.
 
Oestrogen is vitally important for your heart, blood pressure, bone density, sleep, skin on your face, body and vaginal health. Progesterone is calming, it decreases anxiety and mood swings, fatigue and is so important for sleep. All women need testosterone for vitality, ambition, sharp mind, bone density, weight control and enjoyable sex. DHEA is your “joie de vivre” hormone it gives a sense of vitality, energy, drive, motivation and libido. Vitamin D is a hormone that is usually low in Northern Europe. It is important for mood, immunity, bone density it is thought to be vital to reduce the incident of auto-immune conditions.
 
BHRT (Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy) is a personalised hormone therapy, used to balance your hormones for a healthier, happier life.

Victoria's knowledge and understanding

Victoria has trained at the famous Marion Gluck Academy to treat individuals therapeutically with bio-identical oestrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA and vitamin D. Victoria also has a certificate in Menopause Care after attending the Menopause Special Skills Module run by the Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare and the British Menopause Society.

Victoria’s own personal experience of menopause means she can relate directly to your issues and you are in knowledgeable hands.

Hormone therapy has a very POSITIVE impact on your health and happiness as you pass through menopause and enter older age. International research shows:

  • Heart attack and stroke risk is reduced between 300 - 500 per 1000 women when you start HRT before 60.
  • Atherosclerosis (which increases blood pressure) is reduced.
  • Osteoporosis (risk of fractured hip and leg fracture) is reduced.
  • The risk of diabetes is reduced by 210 per 1000 women for under 70 year olds. There is a slight increase of 4 per 1000 women who develop breast cancer thought to be due to the synthetic progestogens which is NOT seen in women whom take bio-identical micronised progesterone.

 

Current advice to GPs is to therapeutically prescribe oestrogen and balance a synthetic progestin for protection of your womb lining. The NHS does not train them to interpret blood tests and prescribe a balance to your hormones. The result is a “fits all” service that is generally appropriate for post-menopausal women. This is why so many women feel unwell on standard HRT, because the progestin dose can cause bloating, weight gain, headaches and irregular bleeding.
 
A low dose of personalised bio-identical hormones can change your life from existing to living.  By switching to bio-identical creams or lozenges, many patients have made a life enhancing change by improving their mood, sleep, hair growth and skin problems.

If you’d like a personalized treatment plan which balances all the hormones, oestrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, and Vitamin D, book a full women’s hormonal assessment to explore your symptoms and what is troubling you most.

We recommend a full female hormonal blood screen which can be taken at that initial appointment  or it may be recommended to be taken on day 21/22 after the start of your last period. A week later, your results will be discussed with you either in person or by secure video link.

A mutually agreed plan of action involving BHRT, supplements, nutrition and lifestyle changes will be started. You will be reviewed at 6 weeks to assess any initial response to your treatment and adjust your plan as required.

A review after 6 months is recommended and an annual assessment to adjust your personalised plan as your hormonal levels naturally decline with age. 

Personalised hormone creams/ lozenges or capsules are made especially for you by the Specialist Pharmacy associated with the Marion Gluck Clinic. Your prescription is made from micronised wild yam and soya that is pharmaceutical grade by a regulated compounded pharmacy. The only difference is you are not getting the same as everyone else and you know that what you are getting is tailored to what you need.


Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy £
BHRT initial assessment 150
BHRT blood test 250
BHRT follow up assessment 75

BHRT creams

Once we have submitted your individual prescription to the pharmacist, they will formulate them and contact you for payment prior to shipping. You pay the pharmacist directly for the creams. The price for creams varies depending on your specific formulation. Your practitioner will give you an accurate cost before confirming if you wish to proceed. We make no mark-up on the prescription creams.

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Testimonials

Heather's experience with BHRT

Heather's BHRT experience

“Within 10 days I noticed results, it was really quick. My stress levels dropped, my anxiety dropped, my energy went up, my sleep was better. I would absolutely without a doubt recommend BHRT to perimenopausal women, and if you’re unsure how to go about it I’d recommend coming in to talk to Victoria.” 

 

Practitioners

Dr Victoria Dobbie BDS

Dr Victoria Dobbie BDS

Victoria has over 16 years’ experience in aesthetic medicine and has performed over 25,000 treatments. Victoria speaks at conferences and has been involved in pharmaceutical steering groups for product development. Currently Victoria is the official trainer for Ellanse and Silhouette Soft in Scotland.

Victoria specialise in providing full facial rejuvenation through advanced combination treatments involving Ultherapy, TIXEL, Silhouette Soft, EndyMed, and aesthetic injections. Victoria is also passionate in helping women through peri menopause with Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy.

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BHRT - What is oestrogen?

Oestrogen helps to release eggs from the ovaries. It also regulates a woman’s periods and helps her to conceive. Oestrogen also plays a part in controlling other functions, including bone density, skin temperature and keeping the vagina moist.

 

BHRT - What is progesterone?

The main role of progesterone is to prepare the womb for pregnancy, helping to protect the lining of the womb. Progesterone also utilises fat for energy, normalises blood sugar levels and is important for cortisol / reducing the feeling of being overwhelmed. Thyroid action and fatigue are also impacted by progesterone levels.

BHRT - What is testosterone?

Women’s ovaries make testosterone. Testosterone production starts to increase significantly during puberty, and begins to dip after you reach 30. Testosterone is most often associated with sex drive, but it also affects bone and muscle mass. 

Related Blog Posts

Author: Victoria Dobbie
First published: 18/11/2020
Last updated: 20/11/2020

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Dr Victoria Dobbie BDS

Victoria has over 16 years’ experience in aesthetic medicine and has performed over 25,000 treatments. Victoria speaks at conferences and has been involved in pharmaceutical steering groups for product development. Currently Victoria is the official trainer for Ellanse and Silhouette Soft in Scotland.

Victoria specialise in providing full facial rejuvenation through advanced combination treatments involving Ultherapy, TIXEL, Silhouette Soft, EndyMed, and aesthetic injections. Victoria is also passionate in helping women through peri menopause with Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy.