BMC opens its Menopause Clinic

Last Tuesday, March 29, 2022, in time for the celebration of Women's Month, BMC's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, in partnership with Gender and Development, launched the Menopause Clinic at the Out-Patient Department.

Dr. Viviene Bombita, Chairperson of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, shared the relevance of the Menopausal Clinic.

Q: Why did BMC, through your Department, decide to open the Menopause Clinic?
Dr. Bombita: The Philippine Society of Climacteric Medicine (PSCM) encourages all POGS accredited hospitals to put up a Menopause clinic to cater to these women. Presently, I am the newly appointed Regional Director for Bicol of PSCM. And as head, I see the importance of having such a clinic in our hospital.

Photo caption: Dr. Viviene Bombita is BMC's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Chairperson.

Q: Who can avail of the Menopause Clinic's services?
Dr. Bombita: Menopause is the cessation of a woman's menses for one whole year.
Menopause can occur due to the following reasons:

  • Naturally,
  • Surgical menopause Secondary to the removal of uterus and ovaries,
  • Menopause due to medical treatment like undergoing chemotherapy and radiation therapy,
  • and Premature ovarian failure.

Q: What are the services offered at the BMC Menopause Clinic?
Dr. Bombita: The Menopause Clinic caters to women in the climacteric/transition period of their lives due to changes in reproductive function and the decline of hormones, especially Estrogen, seen in menopause.


Photo Caption: BMC launched the Menopause Clinic in the Out-patient Department last March 29, 2022. Chief of Medical and Professional Staff II Dra. Mary Jane G. Uy graced the event.

Q: What things do women in the menopausal stage need to understand about the transition?
Dr. Bombita: Although menopause is a natural phenomenon in a woman's life- these changes can affect the quality of her life. Therefore, we need to address several signs and symptoms (hot flashes, dryness) that these women experience to avoid more severe sequelae like heart problems and osteoporosis. In addition, we can offer several treatment options for such signs and symptoms.

Women are treated holistically to address the problems brought about by menopause. Gynecologists are working with other specialists in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, Psychiatry, Orthopedics, Urology, Cardiology, Dermatology, and Rehabilitation Medicine.

Watch the 'BMC Launches Menopausal Clinic' video.

'Transition through life with grace' and find out more about the signs and symptoms of menopause through the Menopausal Clinic at the OPD Bldg., Bicol Medical Center.