Menopause is a natural biological process. It is the permanent end of menstruation and fertility, defined as occurring 12 months after your last menstrual period. Menopause can happen in your 40s or 50s, but the average age is 51 in the United States.
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Symptoms of MenopauseThe most common symptom of menopause is a change in your menstrual cycle. You may have fewer and lighter periods, or you may stop having periods altogether. Other symptoms may include:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Sleep problems
- Vaginal dryness
- Mood changes
- Weight gain
- Thinning hair and dry skin
Causes of MenopauseThere are various reasons that can cause menopause.
- It could be due to the natural aging process, surgical removal of ovaries, or certain medical treatments.
- In most cases, menopause is a result of the natural aging process. As a woman ages, her ovaries produce less estrogen and ultimately stop releasing eggs.
- This decrease in estrogen can cause symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, and mood swings.
- Surgical removal of ovaries is another common cause of menopause. This procedure is typically done as part of cancer treatment or to alleviate pain from other conditions such as endometriosis.
- Certain medical treatments can also induce menopause. These include radiation therapy and chemotherapy.
Tests typically aren't needed to diagnose menopause. But under certain circumstances, your doctor may recommend blood tests to check your level of
- Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and estrogen (estradiol), because your FSH levels increase and estradiol levels decrease as menopause occurs
- Thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), because an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) can cause symptoms similar to those of menopause
- Over-the-counter home tests to check FSH levels in your urine are available. The tests could tell you whether you have elevated FSH levels and might be in perimenopause or menopause.
- But, since FSH levels rise and fall during the course of your menstrual cycle, home FSH tests can’t really tell you whether or not you’re definitely in a stage of menopause.
Menopause requires no medical treatment. Instead, treatments focus on relieving your signs and symptoms and preventing or managing chronic conditions that may occur with aging.
Treatment Options for Menopause
There are a number of different treatment options available for menopause, and the best option for you will depend on your individual symptoms and health needs. Some of the most common treatments include:
- Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT): HRT can be used to help relieve menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, and mood swings. It can also help prevent osteoporosis.
- Low-Dose Birth Control Pills: Birth control pills can help reduce hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms in some women. We can also help prevent pregnancy if you are not ready to start a family yet.
- Natural Remedies: There are a number of natural remedies that can help ease menopausal symptoms. These include herbal supplements, acupuncture, yoga, and meditation.
It is important to talk to your doctor about all of your treatment options before making any decisions. This will help ensure that you choose the best possible treatment plan for your individual needs.
Benefits of the Menopause Clinic at Amrutha Multispeciality Hospital
The Amrutha Multispeciality Hospital is aMenopause Clinic
- Weoffer a wide range of benefits to women who are experiencing menopause. The clinic provides comprehensive care for women during this difficult time, including hormone replacement therapy, nutritional counseling, and support groups.
- Hormone replacement therapy can help relieve many of the symptoms associated with menopause, such as hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, and vaginal dryness.
- Nutritional counseling can help women make sure they are getting the nutrients they need to stay healthy during menopause.
- Support groups provide a place for women to share their experiences and receive support from others who are going through the same thing.
The Amrutha Multispeciality Hospital is the Menopause clinic dedicated to providing comprehensive care for women during this difficult time. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms associated with menopause, we encourage you to come in for a consultation.