Menopause outpatient clinic

In-depth screening for women

The outpatient clinic for menopause, as part of Gynaecology Unit, allows for an in-depth screening of your situation from the first appointment. The doctors of the clinic, in addition to performing the diagnosis and directing towards the most suitable treatment, also deal with the emotional aspects and lifestyle, thus helping women to overcome the menopausal phase in the best possible conditions, and to move forward with serenity into old age.

The clinic’s activity is coordinated by Dr. Giovan Battista Serra, former President of the Italian Menopause Society, which adheres to international guidelines and works in close synergy with specialists from different areas, including physiatrists, cardiologists, orthopaedists, nutritionists, rheumatologists and senologists. This makes it possible for women to be given the most suitable advice to maintain a healthy lifestyle that is adapted to any new needs.

Menopause is diagnosed by performing routine examinations:

  • complete blood count
  • cholesterolaemia
  • triglyceridemia
  • mammogram
  • pelvic ultrasound
  • PAP test
  • dosage of pituitary-gonadal and pituitary-thyroid hormones; further hormonal dosages for the measurement of the “oocyte reserve”
  • computerised bone mineralometry (MOC)
  • evaluation of carbohydrate metabolism (especially if there is a family tendency to diabetes)
  • measurement of blood pressure
  • colonoscopy or testing for occult blood in stools

The onset of menopause varies from woman to woman: it is sometimes abrupt, sometimes slow and gradual, and sometimes even with continuous changes. For this, the therapy that is recommended must be personalised and can be based both on the administration of hormonal drugs and on alternative choices, in any case after extensive discussion with the patients and with the foresight to carry out all the necessary checks.

Generally, one or two appointments are enough to set up a suitable treatment, with a check-up once a year. When there are possible disorders and genetic predispositions, patients may need several appointments every few months. Finally, sometimes it is necessary to create a completely individual strategy, with a series of more frequent appointments over a year.

Appointments are provided in agreement with the National Health Service (SSN) upon indication, at the time of booking, of the intention to have the appointment in the clinic.