What is Menopause?
Menopause is when your period stops permanently after you have not had a period for 12 months in a row. Menopause is a normal part of a woman’s life.
The average age of Menopause?
The average age of menopause of an Indian woman is 48 years much less than their Western counterparts 45 to 55 years.
What is early or premature menopause?
Menopause starting before age 40 is known as premature menopause. Menopause that occurs between 40 and 45 years of age is called early menopause.
Changing hormone levels during menopause can cause symptoms such as:
when to see your doctor about menopause?
You should see your doctor if you have symptoms that disrupt the emotional, physical or mental rhythms of your life. If your menopause symptoms bother you, you can contact us. We can suggest steps to try at home or medicines to help with your symptoms.
Routine checkup during menopause?
Routine checkup becomes important at this age, a routine checkup of blood pressure, blood sugar, lipid profile, and hormones.
Apart from the above examination women must undergo the following examination:
Pap Smear or Pap test – Even if you are menopausal or postmenopausal, Pap or HIP tests should continue.
Breast Checkup – Clinical breast checkup or mammogram on doctor advise is very important at this stage.
Ultrasound of abdomen and pelvic organ – A pelvic exam is a way for doctors to look for signs of illness in organs in a woman’s body before, during, and after menopause.
Bone Density Checkup – The lack of estrogen, a natural consequence of menopause, is directly related to a decrease in bone density. Bone mineral density (BMD) test helps to asses this of osteoporosis.
Menopause treatment is necessary if symptoms are bothering you, treatment of menopause is also important to improve the quality of your life by preventing long term problems like osteoporosis, vaginal atrophy, and heart diseases.
Menopausal hormone therapy, sometimes called hormone replacement therapy, is a prescription medicine to help relieve hot ﬂashes and vaginal dryness. Menopausal hormone therapy is safe for some women, but it does have risks. The Food and Drug Administration advises women who want to try menopausal hormone therapy to use the lowest dose that works for the shortest time needed.
Topical hormone therapy is a low-dose estrogen cream, vaginal ring, insert, or gel that is applied directly to the vagina. This type of hormone therapy can help with vaginal dryness but not other menopause symptoms.