What is menopause?

Menopause describes the changes women go through as they gradually stop menstruating and enter the post-reproductive period of life. It is a normal transition that marks the beginning of a new phase of a woman’s life.

Menopause usually begins in your mid to late 40s as your ovaries gradually produce less sex hormone, but early onset of Menopause can occur because of genetics, cancer therapy, surgical removal of the ovaries, autoimmune disorders or premature ovarian failure.

What are some early menopause symptoms?

You may notice changes to your menstrual cycle. For many women, periods become irregular and occasionally heavier before they start becoming lighter and farther apart. Some spotting in between periods is also quite normal. Other symptoms may include fatigue, hot flashes, changes in mood, vaginal dryness or difficulty sleeping. It’s important to note that symptoms also vary between women.

Are there any health considerations with menopause?

After menopause, you may be at a higher risk of cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis. Because your metabolism can slow down during menopause, it’s quite common to gain weight. Some women also start to experience vaginal dryness, discomfort during sex, or urinary incontinence as the tissues inside the urethra and the vaginal wall lose elasticity. Post-menopausal women are often prone to urinary tract infections.

How can I manage symptoms and mitigate risks?

It’s important to continue seeing a gynaecologist who can help you manage your symptoms and provide preventative care.

Some women find symptomatic relief with hormonal replacement therapy (HRT) and some women choose natural supplements. It’s important to discuss your concerns, risks and benefits with your doctor before making a decision.

Vaginal laser treatment performed with ThermiVa, MonaLisa Touch or similar technology can relieve symptoms such as painful sex, vaginal dryness and incontinence.

A healthy diet, exercise and regular check-ups for cholesterol, bone density and pap tests will help you manage and prevent risks. Your doctor can help you set up a plan based on your current health and family history.

How can Specialist Clinics of Australia help?

At Specialist Clinics of Australia, we have a team of highly experienced Gynaecologists who take the time to listen to their patients, answer questions and share information. We have the latest state of the art technology and specialised training to deliver treatment where necessary, and we can facilitate referrals onsite before your appointment if required.

We believe that education empowers patients. Download your free menopause pdf guide for further information and contact us if you have any questions.