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Understanding Menopause: A Compassionate Guide to the Journey and Its Impact on Women's Health


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Menopause is a natural phase in a woman’s life that marks the end of her reproductive years. It is characterized by the cessation of menstrual periods and is confirmed when a woman has not had her periods for 12 consecutive months. While menopause is a biological process, the reduction in estrogen and other hormones can cause a range of symptoms and affect a woman’s overall health.


What Happens During Menopause?

Menopause occurs due to the gradual depletion of oocytes (eggs) in the ovaries, which leads to a decrease in the production of hormones such as estrogen and progesterone. This phase is preceded by perimenopause, during which hormonal fluctuations are common and menstrual periods become irregular.


Common Symptoms

  • Hot flashes

  • Night sweats

  • Mood changes

  • Sleep disturbances

  • Vaginal dryness

  • Decreased libido


Managing Menopause Compassionately

The symptoms of menopause can affect the quality of life for many women. It is essential to understand that menopause is not a disease, but a natural transition. There are various management options available:


  • Hormone Therapy (HT): HT can be effective in relieving hot flashes and night sweats. However, it’s important to discuss the risks and benefits with your healthcare provider.

  • Lifestyle Changes: Including a balanced diet, regular exercise, and stress management techniques can be beneficial.

  • Alternative Therapies: Some women find relief through alternative therapies such as acupuncture.


Compassionate Care

Experiencing menopause is a unique journey for every woman. It is important to approach this phase with compassion and understanding. Engage in open conversations with healthcare providers, family, and friends. Are you experiencing symptoms of menopause and looking for guidance? Our compassionate team at GP Klinik is here to support you through this transition. Book an appointment with our female general physician today to discuss your symptoms and explore management options. 👉 WhatsApp a Community Doctor

References:

1. Menopausal Symptoms and Their Management. Endocrinology and metabolism

clinics of North America, 44(3), 497–515.

Read the full paper : Read more


2. Title: Assessment of menopausal symptoms using modified Menopause Rating

Scale (MRS) among middle age women in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia : Read more



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