Menopause

Menopause is a normal part of aging for all women with varying effects and severity. Symptoms of menopause are the same for women with or without breast cancer, however, some breast cancer treatments can bring about early menopause and make these symptoms worse. Some women may have mild symptoms that don’t require any interventions. Others experience more severe symptoms that can effect everyday life. There are ways to manage symptoms and live more comfortably with menopause including changes to life style factors (diet, exercise, smoking cessation, mental wellbeing), and medication. See below specialised menopause clinics in Melbourne.

Jean Hailes

Jean Hailes for Women’s Health is a national not-for-profit organisation dedicated to improving women’s health across Australia through every life stage.

For further information or to book an appointment:
https://www.jeanhailes.org.au

Royal Women’s post chemotherapy menopausal clinic (referral needed)

The Menopause Symptoms after Cancer Clinic at the Women’s was introduced in 2010 to help care for women who experience menopause symptoms after cancer treatment.

For further information see below:
https://www.thewomens.org.au/patients-visitors/clinics-and-services/menopause/menopause-symptoms-after-cancer

Australian Menopause Society

Below is a great website for information on menopause and early induced menopause from chemotherapy. It also includes information sheets on individual symptoms such as vaginal health, hot flushes and weight gain: https://www.menopause.org.au/hp/information-sheets/319-early-menopause-due-to-chemotherapy

Chilly Towel

An instant cooling towel that stays chilled for hours, perfect for hot flushes!

Further information:
https://www.chillytowel.com.au

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