- Hot flushes
- Night sweats
- Vaginal dryness
- Low mood and/or feeling anxious
- Joint and muscle pain
- Loss of interest in having sex
Do i need any hormone tests before i can start treatment?Treatment options for menopausal symptoms include:
- Lifestyle changes
- Non-prescribed treatments
- Prescribed treatments
- Non-surgical laser treatment
Prescribed treatmentsPsychological treatments Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of psychological treatment. CBT can be used to treat low mood or anxiety related to menopause.
Non-hormonal medical treatmentsNon-hormonal medical treatments would need to be prescribed by your doctor based on your specific symptoms. There are a range of medicines that can alleviate symptoms such as hot flushes for example, and your doctor will make you aware of them.
Non-surgical femilift laser treatmentKing’s Aesthetic GYNECOLOGY Clinic is equipped with the latest state-of-the-art technology, including FemiLift Laser Treatment, that counters several menopause symptoms.
Hormone replacement therapy (hrt)HRT is the most common form of prescribed treatment for menopausal symptoms. It helps to replace the hormone estrogen in your body, which decreases around your menopause. You may sometimes also need other hormones (such as progestogen and testosterone) that your body is no longer producing. If you are interested in taking HRT, your healthcare professional should discuss the benefits and risks with you before you start the treatment. This discussion should cover both the short-term (over the next 5 years) and the longer term (beyond the next 5 years) benefits and risks for you. You should also be informed about available alternatives to HRT along with
What are the different types of hrt?
Is hrt safe and does it work?
- It is an effective treatment for hot flushes and low mood associated with the menopause.
- It can improve sexual desire and reduce vaginal dryness.
- It helps keep your bones strong
What are the risks of hrt?
- HRT with estrogen alone (used for women who have no uterus) is associated with little or no increased risk of breast cancer.
- HRT with estrogen and progestogen can increase your risk of breast cancer. This risk is higher the longer you stay on it and reduces when you stop HRT.
- Your individual risk of developing breast cancer depends on underlying risk factors, such as your body weight and your drinking and smoking habits.
- HRT taken as a tablet increases your risk of developing a blood clot, which is not the case if HRT is taken as a patch or gel.
- HRT in tablet form slightly increases your risk of stroke, although the overall risk of stroke is very low if you are under the age of 60 years. Your healthcare professional should discuss your individual risks based
How is premature menopause diagnosed?If your periods become infrequent or stop before the age of 40 years and/or you experience menopausal symptoms, you should see your healthcare professional. You will be offered blood tests to measure your hormone levels to help diagnose premature menopause. The diagnosis is made after two blood tests are performed 4–6 weeks apart.
Are there any health risks related to premature menopause?You are likely to notice the symptoms of menopause, such as hot flushes and mood changes. There is also an increased risk of developing osteoporosis and cardiac disease in later life. Osteoporosis can lead to broken bones if not treated. Premature menopause will affect your fertility, and your chance of getting
What is the treatment for premature menopause?Treatment for premature menopause involves the replacement of hormones in the form of either HRT or the combined oral contraceptive pill. Both are effective in treating hot flushes and keeping your bones strong. While the combined oral contraceptive pill has the advantage of also providing contraception, HRT is a safer option if you have high blood pressure. It is important for you to continue the treatment at least until the average age of natural menopause. By taking HRT, you are simply replacing the hormones your body is lacking, and so there are no added risks. If you are thinking about getting pregnant, you will need a referral to a fertility specialist. Your healthcare professional may also suggest referral to a menopause specialist.
Dr. Rupinder Kaur Ruprai
Specialist Obstetrics and Gynecology
Dr. Moujahed Hammami
Consultant Obstetrician and Gynecologist
German Board (FACHARTZ) from the Saxon State Medical Association in Germany