The majority of the cost of WomenWise is directly tied to the cost of the at-home tests. We have carefully curated a set of tests that best help us look at the key underlying imbalances that are contributing to how you’re feeling. They’re not readily available to the public but, if they were, the tests behind the £599 package, for example, would cost c. £700.
Whilst you can get a limited thyroid test and iron test via your G.P., our other tests are not available via the NHS.
Menopause is not considered an acute condition and therefore is not covered by health insurance unless you have acute symptoms (eg. significant bleeding or pain). To date, a couple of insurers have introduced their own menopause support offer which provides some general information.
If you want to talk to someone after you receive your Report, that’s easy to arrange. There are two options. You can book a 45 minute consultation with one of our nutritional therapists (£129) or you can book a 45 minute consultation with one of our partner private GPs (£169).
We would love to tell you there’s a test to confirm if you are perimenopausal, but there isn’t.
‘Menopause tests’ available online test the levels of hormones such as FSH (follicle stimulating hormone), LH (luteinising hormone) and oestrogen, but these hormones are highly variable through perimenopause (high one day, low the next) and can’t provide an accurate prediction.
Perimenopausal status is assessed by looking at your symptoms – physical, psychological and vasomotor. In a clinical setting, the Greene Climacteric Scale is often used to provide a structure for these assessments.
At WomenWise, we use information about your symptoms to help us understand changes across all of your sex hormones – oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone. These detailed insights allow us to tailor your recommendations.
The reality is, if you’re in your 40s (more commonly from your mid 40s), are beginning to see changes to your menstrual cycle and experiencing some emotional or physical symptoms then there’s a good chance you’re at least at the start of the perimenopause transition.
It’s not possible to predict when you will hit menopause (defined as not having had a period for 12 months). In the UK the average age is 51 years but for some women it can happen years before this and for others, years after.
There are some genetic factors influencing menopause. Research has shown that the age of your mother’s menopause is a contributing factor in the timing of yours but only within a quite wide window of ‘a few years’ either side of your mother’s age of menopause. Other factors such as your BMI, smoking and alcohol consumption and even IVF treatment can play a part.
Yes, absolutely. HRT can be an effective tool to rebalance your oestrogen and progesterone levels. However, for many women to gain back their vitality they need to look at other imbalances to piece together their health puzzle.
We’ll help you understand those imbalances (blood sugar, metabolic health, cortisol levels, thyroid function and iron levels) and teach you new tools and habits (nutrition, exercise, stress management) that will help you thrive through mid-life.
Based on your symptoms, we will be able to indicate if you are experiencing changing levels of oestrogen and progesterone. We will also, if relevant, provide information about HRT to help you have a conversation with your healthcare provider.
No, we are purposely different to a clinic. We take a much broader look at your mid-life health than most clinics where the focus tends to be on changing sex hormone levels. Our holistic service takes into consideration your metabolic health, brain chemistry, nutrient deficiencies and other factors.
No, we do not prescribe HRT.
We can provide you with information to support a conversation with your GP about HRT or can help you book an appointment with our partner private GPs to discuss HRT.
Yes. HRT is only one tool to support you through your perimenopause and it doesn’t suit everyone.
We can focus on alternative (natural) ways to help support changes to your sex hormones (oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone). In addition, your WomenWise tests and our questionnaire will allow us to identify other imbalances that impact how you look and feel.
Yes. Your bespoke recommendations are designed to give your body the support it needs with or without HRT
You simply tell us details about your HRT (how you take it, how long you have been taking it, any side effects) and your symptoms via the questionnaire.
We ask you to collect small samples of blood, urine and DNA. The only timing requirement is that you do not collect urine while you have your period (as blood can contaminate the sample).
We do not test oestrogen levels (or FSH or LH levels) in line with NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) guidelines. Hormone tests only take a snap-shot of your levels, and because hormone levels fluctuate so much during the perimenopause they are not very useful.
However, there may be certain biomarkers (eg. your iron levels or your vitamin D) that it may be useful to re-test to assess your progress. We can help with this but there is no requirement.
WomenWise does not sell personal information to any third party or parties for research purposes, marketing, or other purposes. Data is pseudonymised and is held only for as long as is necessary to provide our service.
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