Going through menopause is usually a difficult time for a woman. Everyday is a challenge, as the way you feel psychologically, and physically is hard to predict and your mood tends to change a few times a day.
However, there are ways to ease up this time of transition. First of all, it’s essential that you learn about the symptoms, so you know what’s happening with your body, but most importantly: know that you’re not alone.
What is a natural menopause?
“Natural menopause is defined as the permanent cessation of menstrual periods and is determined retrospectively after a woman has experienced amenorrhea [an abnormal absence of menstruation] for 12 months. It is important that any other physiological cause or pathology is excluded as a cause,” says Dr. Sean Burnet from Specialist Clinics of Australia.
Every woman enters this phase around the fifth decade of her life. It’s the time when female reproductive system ceases to operate as its function is no longer needed.
“The average age of occurrence is 51 to 52 years in normal women, and reflects the complete, or near complete, ovarian follicular depletion (no more eggs), with resulting decline in oestrogen and the associated symptoms,” says Dr. Burnet.
What happens in my body before the final menstrual period?
When your body prepares to shut down its reproductive qualities, there is a time of perimenopause or the menopausal transition, which lasts from 2 to 4 years. This is an intense time for a female body and you might experience a number of uncomfortable symptoms associated with it.
Dr Burnet explains that some of the symptoms include:
- Irregular menstrual cycles
- Hormonal fluctuations
- Hot flashes
- Sleep disturbances
- Mood changes
- Vaginal atrophy that can present as dryness or dyspareunia (painful intercourse)
Unfortunately, all of the above are a nuisance and they seriously interfere with your everyday life and routine. They affect your wellbeing, which can also influence the relationships that you have with people that are closest to you as well as your professional life.
Do not give in to the tricks your body plays on you. Know that this is not you as such. This is just an irascible time that will be over soon.
Is there a way to alleviate the pains of perimenopause?
The pains that perimenopause involves are widely recognised and a lot of effort has been put in finding methods to make this difficult time as easy as possible.
“A lot of research has been done into menopause and whilst some treatments for menopause are hormonal there are many non-hormonal treatments available as well,” says Dr. Burnet.
Most of these treatments are available at Specialist Clinics of Australia, which has specialist gynaecologists who can assess and help manage the symptoms of menopause. Choosing a doctor who can guide you through the mood swings, hot flashes, insomnia and other problems linked to menopause proves to be very beneficial for women.
What medical exams can be performed at Specialist Clinics of Australia?
Specialist Clinics of Australia manages women with a range of issues:
- Non-hormonal therapies for treatment of menopausal symptoms
- Hormone therapy
- Vaginal dryness
- Dyspareunia (painful intercourse)
- Recurrent vaginal infections
- Menopause after cancer
- Low libido
- Bladder problems
The range of our service is even wider and we take care of referrals for:
- Blood hormone levels
- Bone densitometry
- Ultrasound assessment
How can I schedule an appointment at Specialist Clinics of Australia?
A referral from a General Practitioner to see one of Specialist Clinics of Australia’s Gynaecologists is essential. Once you have an appropriate referral, contact our Centre and we shall take care of the rest. Alternatively, when you call for your appointment, please advise us that you need a referral and we will schedule a brief appointment with our in-house doctor, Dr Garry Cussell, to write a referral for you.