Menopause refers to the cessation of menstrual cycles and reflects the depletion of oocytes or eggs in the ovary. The average age of menopause is 50 years old. During the transition phase, for some women, there may be no symptoms but for others, there may be difficulty coping due to severe symptoms. Common menopause symptoms include:
Long term, there may be vaginal dryness and discomfort during intercourse as well as urinary symptoms. Other serious concerns include increased risks of breast and ovarian cancer, osteoporosis, heart disease and stroke.
Menopause symptoms can be so severe that even daily activities become a burden. The situation is often worsened by stress from work and family commitments.
Depending on your symptoms and health risk profile, you will be advised on how best to manage for the changes that your body is undergoing. Advice will be given regarding:
Hormone therapy can help reduce menopausal symptoms including:
With proper monitoring and regular health screening, most symptomatic women will benefit from such treatments. Women can then greet menopause with confidence, and embrace the latter half of their lives with optimism and energy.