More Questions related to menopause

Menopause is still considered a taboo subject and is not open to public discussions. Women find it easier to rely on word of mouth than consulting an authority on the subject. Some even look at menopause as a dreaded evil.

Through this section we will try to cover as many random queries related to menopause as possible. These include home remedies as well as issues like pregnancy and menopause.

I am taking hormone replacement therapy. I still experience lethargy and stress. Why?

That is quite a normal occurrence. This also depends on the type of therapy you are taking. Many women find progestin-only therapy much more suitable as compared to a combined pill. As for the stress, you might benefit from lifestyle changes, coping mechanisms, or other medications. Consult Dr. Morice for further advice.

What can I do, without medications, in order to ease the symptoms of menopause?
  1. Take better care of your body. It may sound a little trite, but this may offer protection from all sorts of illnesses as well as postmenopausal symptoms.
  2. Eat well. Make sure your daily intake of calcium and iron is adequate, since menopause effects bones too. A fiber-rich diet that is low in fat is best.
  3. Go for supplements. If you think you cannot cover essential nutrients like calcium or vitamins in your normal diet, take supplements.
  4. Exercise regularly. Walk daily. Do cardio exercises for your heart. Try investing a few minutes a week in Yoga or Pilate.
  5. Remove stress-inducing factors from your life. Work out the stressful aspects of your life and get rid of them for once and all.
Is pregnancy possible once I am into perimenopause?

Yes. Although not common, it is known to occur. Unless declared menopausal, you can never rule out the possibility of a pregnancy. Make sure you take adequate contraceptive measures if you are not interested in getting pregnant.

I have been having recurrent vaginal infections ever since I entered perimenopause. Are the two related?

There is no direct causal relationship. You may have read earlier, that in perimenopause, there is direct effect on urogenital system and vaginal dryness too. This dryness can be a precipitating factor in vaginal infections, however, menopause does not predispose you to infections in any way.

Is menopause known to be related to neurological disorders?

No. There is no known association of menopause or perimenopause with neurological disorders. However, since this is quite a stressful period in a woman’s life, stress, depression, mood swings, and other psychiatric complaints do occur quite frequently. Many also complain of lack of concentration and a preoccupation with these symptoms.

Does one put on weight in menopause?

Quite a few times, yes. But a lot of it is due to depressive binging of food and lethargy. If you eat healthy and work out regularly, there is no reason why you should put on weight in menopause.

How does one get surgically induced menopause?

Removing the ovaries (oophorectomy), which often occurs with hysterectomy, will result in surgically induced menopause almost immediately. Other procedures such as tubal ligation or tubal reversal do no cause menopause.

Does any clinical condition induce menopause?

Yes, with premature ovarian failure, there can be early menopause.

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