How common is it?
Every woman will go through menopause at some stage in their life. The average is 51 years, but it can be earlier. Menopause is the actually the last day of your final period, after this you are post-menopausal and prior to this peri-menopausal. Some women experience menopausal symptoms for 5-10 years prior to their final menstrual period. Premature menopause or ovarian insufficiency can occur before 40-years of age due to natural causes or medical treatments.
Cessation of oestrogen and progesterone declines, eventually ceases and ovulation no longer occurs.
The following list summarises many of the most common physical symptoms
- Irregular periods, changes in flow
- Hot flushes/ night sweats
- Aches and pains
- Painful breasts
- Unusual dreams
- Poor sleep
- Dry skin
- Vaginal dryness (Vaginal Atrophy)
- Loss of libido
- Urinary frequency
- Change in hair growth/ distribution
There are solutions
The good news is that there are many treatments for menopausal symptoms, and most women will find a solution that works for them.
- Drug treatments hormone therapy
- Vaginal Rejuvenation (THERMIva)
- Lifestyle changes
What to expect when you have an appointment with Melissa?
Expect to be asked lots of questions. You may also require a physical examination, including that of the genitals. Following a thorough assessment, options will be discussed. Often women require a combination of treatments which may include lifestyle changes, medication, medical tests, physical treatments such as the THERMIva and sometimes referral to a gynaecologist.
For more information please see fact sheets from the Australasian Menopause Society and Monash University.
What is MHT and is it safe?
Menopause: What are the symptoms?
Myths of menopause article by Monash University?
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