Menopause Treatment - Causes ,Signs and Treatment

Menopause is usually diagnosed if you haven’t had periods for 12 months.

What is Menopause

Menopause signals the end of your menstrual cycles. Menopause is usually diagnosed if you have not had any periods for a full 12-month time frame.

So, the one thing we should accept, none of us are going to look evergreen forever, our fertility declines way faster than we can imagine. Most women (indian origin) achieve menopause by 50 years.

Symptoms of Menopause

An important point to bear in mind is that, different women, experience different symptoms in different ways. You may find that your periods are skipped a few months before your actual menopause. Sometimes, you may find your cycles have returned for a short time frame before completely stopping off.

  • Vaginal dryness and general discomfort during sexual intercourse
  • Cycles that are irregular
  • Hot disturbing flashes
  • Chills
  • Rampant Mood Swings
  • Increase in body weight and general fatigue

Should you see a gynecologist for menopause treatment?

The most sensible thing to do, if you have doubts about your menopausal transition is to visit a gynecologist. With menopause, it is very important to periodically get your health assessed and checked. Some common blood tests your gynecologist will prescribe for you include

  • Assessment of your blood sugars
  • Assessment of your cholesterol
  • Checking your breast with a mammogram
  • Ultrasound scans when necessary in case you have severe heavy bleeds
  • Checking your thyroid hormone levels

What if my cycles
stop when I am 40?

A small proportion of patients (1%) experience menopause before 40 years of
age. These patients are said to have primary ovarian insufficiency and is
associated with certain unknown genetic factors. Most of the time no cause is

For these women, hormonal therapy is usually the norm and should be
recommended until the age of natural menopause.

Complications of Menopause

Menopause if left unmanaged is associated with certain complications as outlined below

  • Heart disease and elevated blood cholesterol
  • Excessive weight gain
  • Pain during sex
  • Loss of control over urine flow
  • Bones become weak and brittle (osteoporosis)

Menopause Treatment Strategies

Interestingly, treatment strategies for menopause are all aimed at relieving your
signs and symptoms

  • Estrogen therapy with a very low dose and for the shortest possible period of
    time. This is given only after a thorough medical evaluation. Estrogen helps
    prevent bone loss.
  • Vaginal estrogen can improve and relieve your vaginal dryness thereby
    reducing pain during sex
  • Gabapentin or Clonidine, either one of these drugs can be used to relieve hot
    flashes if excessive
  • Calcium and Vit D3 supplementation to prevent bone loss

Other natural treatment strategies include

  • Staying well hydrated
  • Exercising regularly
  • Pelvic floor therapy
  • Eating a balanced diet
  • Getting 8 hours of sleep

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