Many women face difficulties in understanding Menopause. Menopause is not a disorder or disease, but Menopause is just one among the many transitions that women have to undergo during their entire lifetime.
In this article, Dr. Himali Maniar, one of the best gynecologists in Bopal, Ahmedabad, talks about Menopause, its symptoms, and treatments.
Dr. Himali Maniar has been working in gynecology for over 9+ years and is an expert in specializations such as obstetrics and urology.
Dr. Himali Maniar provides a warm and welcoming environment for all her patients. She works hard to form close bonds with her patients, and she has handled several pregnancies and births.
Dr. Himali has practiced her expertise at Nisha Women’s Hospital in Bopal, Ahmedabad.
What is Menopause?
Menopause is a time in life when the women’s periods stop completely. Before the periods stop completely, there is a transition phase where the women’s body goes through many changes. This article is focused on perimenopause and its effects. To know more, keep reading.
Menopause occurs between the ages of 45-55. Three transitioning phases in Menopause are pre-menopause, Menopause, and post-menopause.
Before the periods stop entirely for a woman, the body goes through many changes inside that may be painful and frustrating to bear.
Perimenopause is the phase that happens before the period stops permanently.
This begins several years before Menopause around the age of 40’s. During this stage, the estrogen levels decrease, and fewer eggs are produced by the ovaries. A nutrient blood test kit can help you monitor your estrogen level because the lower your estrogen level, the more you’re at risk of having weaker bones.
Signs of perimenopause
- Hot flashes (sudden and intense feeling of heat around the upper body or on the face)
- Irregular periods
- Painful and heavy periods
- Low sex drive
Menopause is the stage where the periods stop entirely and permanently.
At this stage, the ovaries have completely stopped producing and releasing eggs and can no longer produce estrogen and progesterone.
Signs of Menopause
- Intense night sweats
- More Frequent hot flashes
- Painful intercourse
A post-menopause stage is when you haven’t had your periods for 12 months.
In this stage, the estrogen stabilizes, and hot flashes gradually subside.
This stage will increase your risk of heart disease and osteoporosis, so be sure to consult your doctor and keep up with the treatments.
This will continue for the rest of your life.
Sign of post menopause
- Dry skin
- Changes in sex drive
- Hair loss
- Weight loss
Treatment of Menopause
Menopause is not a disease or disorder, and therefore, it requires no treatment.
The gynecologist might give some pain-relieving medications to ease the intensity of the symptoms.
Estrogen for vagina
During the entire phase of Menopause, women might suffer from vaginal dryness, discomfort, and pain during sex; to ease this, the doctor will give a vaginal estrogen in the form of a cream that can be directly applied to the vagina; this will release estrogen which will be absorbed by the vaginal walls relieving the dryness.
A low dose antidepressant is given to women to relieve the symptoms of hot flashes, and it is given to women who can’t take estrogen treatment.
It is also given to women to relieve their mood swings.
Gabapentin is a drug that has been found to relieve and reduce hot flashes and night sweats.
This is a pill that helps stabilize blood pressure during Menopause.
Lifestyles play an essential part in the menopause phase, as a good and healthy lifestyle can help relieve pain and make your menopause journey a little more comfortable.
Some changes that you can teach are;
- Avoid certain beverages like coffee and alcohol
- Avoid spicy foods
- Get sufficient sleep
- Practice mindfulness
- Practice other relaxation techniques
- Exercise regularly
- Eat a healthy diet and eat in moderation
- Don’t smoke
Every woman has to go or has already gone through Menopause, it’s not an easy journey, but you can make your menopause journey easy by taking good initiatives and surrounding yourself with people who will support you and on whom you can rely for support.
Always keep consulting your doctors and keep up with the appointments.
A good and healthy balance in your lifestyle will make a lot of difference in your life, says Dr. Himali Maniar.
Caution: Do not take medications unless they are prescribed by your doctor.