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Management of the newly-diagnosed menopausal woman

This article considers the diagnosis and management of the menopause, as well as the tell-tale symptoms GPs should be looking out for

Women don’t always attend GP practice saying they are menopausal. Instead, they can come in with a myriad of symptoms, which the GP has to be aware are linked, and to consider they may be climacteric symptoms. Often the women are prescribed antidepressants for their low mood, analgesia for their joint pains and anti-muscarinics for their bladder symptoms. Women are often relieved when all their symptoms can be explained by the menopause and using a symptom check list, such as the Greene Climacteric Score,1 can help them understand many of their symptoms they didn’t think to mention could also be


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