Hormone Clinic

At The Surrey Park Clinic we have more than 10 years experience of managing hormones for both men and Women. Each year we treat thousands of patients covering a wide range of symptoms and conditions including the Menopause, Andropause, Thyroid Dysfunction and PMS. Through a personalised, professional and innovative approach to treatment, our aim is to improve the quality of our patients’ lives with a treatment plan tailored to their precise needs.

At The Surrey Park Clinic we have expertise in treating a wide range of hormonal conditions. We aim for hormonal optimisation to restore women’s health and wellbeing. We firmly believe that women should not suffer in silence and strive to help our patients recover and achieve their full potential. We see male patients too and offer excellent men’s health services.

Up until recently insulin resistance has been poorly understood, but increasing interest and research shows that the diagnosis and early treatment or improvement of insulin resistance has huge benefit, both in the short term for the treatment of symptoms, and in the long term for prevention of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Our specialist doctors will ask you to complete a symptom questionnaire and at the consultation the will:

  • Go through your medical history
  • Check your BMI
  • Complete some blood tests to check your hormone levels
  • You may also require an ultrasound scan

After your consultation we can advise on treatments from lifestyle and dietary advice to medication. You do not need a referral you just simply call the clinic and book your appointment.

If you are experiencing any of the concerns below we can help you at The Surrey Park Clinic.

 

Acne

Acne is the result of an inflammation of the sebaceous glands (oil glands). The subsequent spots are caused by oil, bacteria and skin cells becoming trapped in our pores.

This inflammation can be triggered by our environment or by stress, cosmetic products etc., however our hormones can also play a big part in bringing about the skin condition.

Most women will have suffered an outbreak of facial spots at some point in their lives. Outbreaks most commonly occur during adolescence where our hormone levels are erratic causing our skin to become more oily, blocking pores. As we mature, the odd spot here and there will often coincide with being stressed, using new products on the face or having a reaction to something we have come into contact with.

If the condition has a hormonal element the above remedies will not address the underlying cause. If you have tried other topical approaches without success we can review your situation to determine if hormones are contributing the cause and address this along with other aspects that may benefit from hormone tailoring and HRT.

Bowel Problems

The effects of the menopause and reduction in oestrogen can also have an impact on the bowel function. We can review bowel problems in the context of your other symptoms to bring insight and relief to common issues.

The muscular layer of the bowel wall is sensitive to sex hormones. A deficiency of the hormone, oestrogen, in women especially during and after the menopause stops the muscular contractions of the gut, preventing the bowel from effectively moving matter forward.

Many women experience a marked increase in bowel related symptoms after carbohydrate or sugar load which may be perceived as being due to allergy to a particular food product.  Instigating changes such as reduction in some carbohydrates especially wheat, can affect the hormone profile leading to improved bowel symptoms.

At the Surrey Park Clinic we will evaluate your symptoms to get a clearer picture of the causes of bowel discomfort and will advise on diet and hormone treatments to improve the bowels natural function and relieve pain and bloating.

Related topics: Hormones & MenopauseBlood Tests.

Burning Tongue

Often women going through menopause are afflicted by a sensation of a burning mouth or tongue, commonly known as burning mouth syndrome.

A persistent sensation of burning in the mouth, (akin to the sensation of burning one may experience after drinking a hot beverage), commonly without any visible source of the pain. The sensation is not constrained to the tongue, and can be experienced in the lips, cheeks and throat too.

Burning tongue is often associated with low oestrogen levels and is therefore a frequent complaint of peri-menopausal and menopausal women. Burning Tongue Syndrome can also be caused by: diabetes, a side effect of certain medications, an allergic reaction, depression or nutritional deficiencies (among other causes).

A simple blood test will determine whether such symptoms are be the result of a hormone imbalance. At The Surrey Park Clinic, we concentrate on treating the symptoms of burning tongue by correcting any low hormone levels via a combination of lifestyle changes and supplementary hormones tailoring.

Related topics: Hormones & MenopauseBlood Tests.

Excessive Hair Growth

Most women have fine hair in places such as the upper lip, chin, arms, abdomen or back. Having coarse or dark hair in these areas can however be a source of embarrassment affecting day to day life.

The exact cause of unwanted hair (hirsutism) can be difficult to determine though the condition usually runs in families and is generally harmless. The most common causes of excess hair growth are:

  • A surplus of male hormones which is often an imbalance associated with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).
  • Excessive hair growth can also be a symptom of Insulin Resistance.
  • Unwanted hair can also be associated with the use of certain medicines (such as anabolic steroids).

In order to determine whether your hair growth may be due to your hormone levels, a simple blood test can be taken and the results analysed in conjunction with a transvaginal scan.

Hair Loss

It is usual for all women to experience a degree of hair loss throughout their life. In fact it is normal lose around 100 hairs a day. However, excessive hair loss, also known as alopecia, can be upsetting and impact on self confidence.

Hair loss can be caused by a number of factors:

  • Lack of oestrogen / excess androgens (this may occur during pregnancy or the menopause)
  • Anaemia
  • Pituitary problems
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Psychological causes such as anxiety, stress or depression
  • Excess vitamin A
  • Lack of vitamins (B, C)
  • Lack of protein

Depending upon which factors have contributed to your symptoms, hair loss can be treated in the following ways:

Weight Gain

Is your weight gain apparent all over your body or more visible in the centralised region around your abdomen? Are you considered slim and yet have a high body mass index? Your weight gain may be the result of a combination of the following factors:

Causes of weight gain

  • Lack of Sleep: When there are more hours in the day, there are more opportunities to eat and, when tired, we will often seek a quick sugary fix. To make the situation worse, our metabolism is slower at night
  • Lack of exercise
  • Diet
  • Quitting smoking
  • Stress and depression:
  • Prolonged exposure to inappropriate levels of cortisol (Cushing’s Syndrome)
  • Medications such as antidepressants or steroids
  • An underactive thyroid (Hypothyroidism)
  • A lack of oestrogen/ progesterone/ testosterone (commonly associated with the Menopause or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)
  • Insulin resistance and diabetes

A consultation will be necessary to determine the underlying cause of your weight gain. This is likely to involve blood testing and may require a scan. It is rare for weight gain to be attributed to one sole cause and therefore losing weight is often achieved through a combination of methods:

  • Lifestyle changes: improving your diet, increasing the amount of exercise you do, addressing your stress.
  • Hormonal causes: Should your weight gain have an underlying hormonal cause, this can be addressed by supplementing your natural hormones using HRT.
  • Insulin resistance: Sensitivity to insulinand cortisol are directly linked to weight gain and can be treated through medication and diet.

Your consultation and personal treatment plan

We treat each individual patient with care and consideration. We listen to your worries and concerns and offer expert advice and guidance so that you can make informed decisions about your treatment options.

Call 01483 454 016 to speak to one of our team.