Ailments & Remedies

Ailments List

Menopausal Disorders

 

Overview

Menopause is marked by the gradual cessation of menstruation, usually between 45 to 55 years of age or when the ovaries and uterus are surgically removed. Menopause leads to the decrease in the oestrogen hormone and might give rise to hot flushes, depression, mood swings, night sweats and insomnia.

 

Causes

Besides natural aging, surgical removal of the ovaries result in menopause and it is also known as induced menopause. In some women, cancer treatment and radiation therapy can result in menopause. For some women, who might have auto immune diseases, there may be a chance of premature ovarian failure (below the age of 40) leading to menopause.  Viral infections, a family history of menopausal disorder and chromosomal irregularities may also cause menopausal disorders. Congenital ovarian problems and auto immune disorders affecting the reproductive system in some women could also be considered as another cause.

 

Symptoms

Women can be affected by both physical and emotional symptoms. Common symptoms of menopausal disorders can be insomnia or other sleep disorders, hot flushes, depression, night sweats, mood swings and irritability. Bladder problems, dizziness, stress, fatigue, palpitations, numbness and headaches could be other symptoms of menopausal disorders. There will be a hormonal imbalance as the normal amount of oestrogen is no longer being produced by the ovaries. Nervous tension, irregular vaginal bleeding, osteoporosis and severe backache can be other common symptoms. Some women may experience physical changes in their body whether it is weight gain or changes in their skin texture.

 

Diagnosis

The doctor will question the woman about the regularity of the menstrual cycle. Generally, menopause can be diagnosed when there is an absence of menstrual periods for about a year. Based on the severity of the symptoms, the doctor will advise the course of treatment. Many women choose to go though menopause without seeking medical advice; however symptoms can at times be severe and distressing, in these cases support may be needed to go through this phase of life in the best possible way.

 

Treatment

Various complementary and alternative therapies can help improve the symptoms and treat the condition. Advice should be sought from a qualified practitioner for treatment options.



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