Treatment Of Menopause

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Menopause is often referred to as the "change of life". It is indeed a life change for all women who experience it. For some women, menopause marks the beginning of a kind of new freedom. The childbearing period is past and those limitations, if any, brought about by menstrual periods are at an end. Women often feel an invigoration and vitality when freed from these restraints. Some experience a renewed interest in sexuality, with the absence of the chance of pregnancy.

There are those, however, who experience a myriad of problems during this time. Hot flashes, night sweats, lethargy and irritability are just a few of the symptoms some women experience. The physical cause of some of these problems is the reduced amount of hormones in the body.

Menopause is usually defined as the permanent cessation of menstruation and ovarian activity. This can also come about as a result of surgical removal of the ovaries as well as other surgical procedures. When menopause occurs naturally in women before the age of 45, it is called ovarian failure. Only a small percentage of women, however, fall into this category.



The process of menopause usually lasts between one and two years with the onset occurring gradually, often five to eight years before. For most, menstrual periods begin to occur increasingly farther apart, as a result of the decreasing hormone levels. Some women experience excessive bleeding or ususually short cycles. A small percentage cease menstruation suddenly.

Absence of menstruation is not a certain indication that menopause has occured, although this is the most common diagnosis if menstrual periods have been absent for at least one year. A conclusive medical test which measures the blood level of the follicle stimulating hormone made in the pituitary gland can give a more concrete diagnosis. However, this test can be affected by individual conditions within the woman's reproductive system.

There are a few classic symptoms of menopause:

HOT FLASHES AND SWEATING

Almost half of all menopausal women experience these to some degree when menstruation stops. A hot flash is a sensation of heat that often spreads from the chest and waist area to the arms, face and neck. Degree can vary from a light heat sensation to an extremely hot and uncomfortable feeling. The skin often reddens and this is followed by heaving sweating. Many times the woman will experience profuse sweating at night, causing them to awaken from sleep--night sweats.

VAGINAL DRYNESS AND DISCOMFORT

Thinning of the membranes within the vagina and urethra occur at this time. This thinning and loss of elasticity in the vaginal area is caused by reduced amounts of estrogen, which helps to keep the skin in this area thick and lubricated. This symptom is often accompanied by painful sexual intercourse.

PSYCHOLOGICAL CHANGES

These changes can vary widely from slight changes in disposition to intense anxiety, sleep difficulty, melancholia and irritability. There have been women who have attempted suicide as a result of the hormonal imbalances caused by menopause. Hormone replacement therapy is one of the most common treatments for intense personality changes. It is also recommended that menopausal women attempt to exercise relaxation and stress reduction techniques to deal with the changes which may occur. The inability to bear children is often seen as a sign that sexuality will end. This is not true. On the contrary, a relief from the fear of pregnancy often results in renewed interest in sexuality and an increased sexual drive.

Menopausal women are at a higher risk for certain physical problems such as osteoporosis. Rapid bone loss starts at about age 30 and increases rapidly after that. Estrogen replacement is often used to aid in delaying or treating this disease. Eating a healthful diet and getting regular exercise help a great deal with preventing osteoporosis and also creates better overall health, which can decrease the effects of some symptoms.

Although menopause is a natural process, menopausal women should consult a doctor if any type of irregular bleeding pattern occurs.

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