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Menopause Management: Tips for a Smooth Transition – OBGYN

Menopause is when you experience no periods, which results in the loss of ovarian follicular function.

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Menopause Management: Tips for a Smooth Transition – OBGYN

Menopause, which marks the end of a woman’s fertility window, can trigger a lot of anxiety, stress or even worse, depression. However, it’s a biological process that most women undergo around the 48–50 years of age. Menopause symptoms usually start showing four years before the final period and could continue several years, differing from person to person. If you are someone who has started to experience symptoms of menopause, it is best to consult with a gynae and obstetrics specialist to navigate the transition.

What are the Symptoms of Menopause?

Symptoms and signs of menopause are unique to each woman. Some experience severe symptoms, while others might hardly notice any change. So, besides the absence of menstruation, women undergo three phases of menopause: perimenopause, menopause and postmenopause.

Perimenopause usually starts manifesting by the age of 40, and results in hormonal changes in the body. It could last anywhere between 3–5 years. Think of it as the period in which your body is preparing itself for menopause.

Menopause is when you experience no periods, which results in the loss of ovarian follicular function. In simple terms, you cannot bear children after the onset of menopause. The most widespread symptoms include:

  • Frustration
  • Anxiety
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Memory lapse
  • Reduced sex drive
  • Tender breasts
  • Mild to moderate hair loss

Post menopause is defined as a time span of 12 months following menopause (when you had your last period). During this period, you might experience recurring symptoms such as hot flushes, mood swings, insomnia, mental agitation, a lack of focus and even depression. Support from your partner and family is key to managing this change.

What Leads to Menopause?

Menopause is triggered by the changing level of estrogen, a dominant hormone present in women, along with other hormones, such as progesterone. With advancing age, their production slows down. 

These changes then trigger the loss of active ovarian follicles, which are responsible for producing and releasing eggs from the ovary for fertilization to take place. 

In rare cases, menopause can also be brought about by a surgery, radiation or chemical therapy, injuries to the reproductive organs etc. This form of menopause is referred to as induced menopause.

Complications Associated with Menopause

Menopause can inadvertently result in a host of other health-related issues. This is why we advise you consult an obstetrics specialist as soon as you experience complications arising from menopause.

On average, women experience the following complications as a consequence of menopause:

  • Osteoporosis or weak bones
  • Sudden change in mood
  • Dyspareunia, or uncomfortable sexual intercourse
  • Incontinence, inability to control urine
  • Sudden weight gain
  • Heart related diseases

Understand that menopause itself is not a chronic illness, it’s a normal process that every woman goes through. However, it could lead to other illnesses. Read on to learn about a few useful tips to manage your symptoms

Seek Comfort

Self-love is important. Speak with your partner, cherish the little things in life, and embrace an upbeat outlook on life. Wear what you feel comfortable in, stay in a cool environment, and always keep yourself hydrated. These small lifestyle modifications go a long way.

Exercise

Exercising does your body a world of good. Experts recommend you dedicate at least two hours of strength training and cardio workouts to stay in top shape. It will help to strengthen your core, boost your confidence and manage weight.

Choose a Balanced Diet

In the age of digital media, all it takes is a simple search on your phone to understand the importance of a healthy and balanced diet. Getting a variety of nutrients will help your body ward off conditions such as depression, weight gain, skin anomalies and even vasomotor symptoms (hot flashes and night sweats).

Take Supplements

Herbs and supplements have a proven efficacy to manage menopause symptoms. All the good hospitals in Dubai as well as homeopathic clinics or eastern medicine institutes advise women to take them. Again, the key is to ask your gynae and obstetrics expert to guide you for any potential conflicts/reactions to medicines you’ve already been taking.

Manage Stress

Stress and anxiety could ultimately due to menopause could ultimately pave the way for a number of diseases. Some tips to manage stress include taking up yoga, spending some time in nature, meditation, and talking to your family and friends.

Manage your Sleep Routine

One of the leading symptoms of menopause is sleep deprivation. Don’t just take sleeping meds if you can’t get sufficient shut-eye, speak with a specialist to learn about tips and medications to fix your sleeping routine.

If you’re a woman, menopause is an inevitable phase of life, which brings a lot of challenges. But please note that it’s not some form of illness that will plague you for the rest of your life - with the right support, lifestyle changes and medical intervention, you can lead a perfectly healthy life.

Go For Hormone Replacement Therapy

It's a type of medication that introduces female fertility hormones, specifically estrogen and progesterone. If taken early in the 50s, the therapy is shown to be efficacious in alleviating several menopausal symptoms.

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Published: 29 Mar 2024, 06:47 PM IST
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