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What does Menopause feel like?
How does Menopause start?
Menopause is a natural phenomenon in the female body that includes physiological changes that occur as a period of fertility ends. Menopause can happen in your 40s or 50s, but the average age is 51.
What Menopause means?
When there is no menstruation for a year, then it is known as Menopause. Between 45 to 55 years of age, it happens as ovaries don’t produce estrogen and progesterone anymore. Before even menstrual stops, the woman starts going through major changes. She almost becomes an entirely different person.
Many husbands suddenly feel that my wife has changed; she is no longer the same. Suddenly a very calm, slim-looking, and flexible woman becomes anxious and agitated. She becomes nervous and irritated now and then. The agitation and anger will be on her nose tip always.
Physically, She feels bloated with a heavy and stiff feeling in the body. She gets frequent mood swings even no desire to have sex.
What does Menopause feel like?
The signs and symptoms of Menopause are
- Frequent Hot flashes: You feel sweat during even winter for a second and then go off. At least 5-7 times, it happens in a day. Night sweating is very common in Menopause.
- Mood swings: Mood swings are another common symptom during Menopause. Women feel anxious and depressed for even small things, irritation and anger all the time.
- Dry skin: You experience a starter of wrinkles and dry skin on palms, under eyes, neck. You can see fat deposition or sagging insides of lips, chin, under eyes, and cheeks.
- Osteoporosis: Your muscles and bones start paining, complaining of osteoporosis. You feel severe knee pain, crepitus sound in the knees, which is due to calcium deficiency.
- Vaginal dryness & itching: It is another most common symptom of Menopause. Sometimes it also causes urinary infections also.
- Loss of libido: Due to vaginal dryness, females experience severe pain during sexual intercourse and slowly lose their interest in sex—most of the women in her menopausal stage experience loss of libido.
- Weight gain: Hormonal change causes bloating of the body and finally causes sudden weight gain during Menopause.
- Hair thinning: 90% of women complain about hair loss and hair thinning during Menopause. With the proper diet and herbs, hair regrowth can be possible during Menopause.
- Hair growth on the face, chin, breast: Increased Hair growth on other areas of the body, such as the face, upper lips, neck, chest, and upper back, is the most common in Menopause due to hormonal changes.
- Allergies: Skin allergies, insomnia are also seen in many women.
This is a very challenging period of a woman’s life, and the family members and partner should ideally support her with patience. It will pass in a few years, and you can live everyday life as before.
How does Menopause start?
Menopause is a natural process that occurs as the ovaries age and produces fewer reproductive hormones. The body begins to undergo several changes in response to lower levels of hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), Luteinizing hormone (LH).
As per Ayushakti Ayurveda, progressive age and improper diet and lifestyle vitiate Tridoshas, mainly Vata (Apan -Vayu), due to which low circulation and low metabolic fire are seen. These changes in the Artava vaha channels give rise to hormonal imbalance mainly in Androgen, FSH, LH & Insulin levels. It hampers Artava vaha channel functioning and leads to irregular or stopped menses.
What are the types of Menopause?
There are three stages associated with Menopause.
Menstrual periods become irregular during this phase. Periods may be late, or you may completely skip one or more periods. Menstrual flow may also become heavier or lighter.
It is defined as a lack of menstruation for one full year.
- Post Menopause:
It refers to the years after menopause has occurred.
There are two types of Menopause is seen:
- Premature Menopause: Happens before the age of 40. In this type, symptoms are similar to natural Menopause, like hot flashes,m vaginal dryness, decreased sex drive, stress, and mood swings.
- Surgical Menopause: After the ovaries are removed surgically, this type of Menopause happens in some cases. It is due to the sudden change in the estrogen level.
How to Diagnose Menopause?
- Physical Exam & History taking-
Signs and symptoms of Menopause are usually enough to tell most women that they’ve started the menopausal transition. If you have concerns about irregular periods or hot flashes, talk with your doctor. In some cases, further evaluation may be recommended.
- Hormonal test-
Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and Estrogen (Estradiol), because your FSH levels increase and estradiol levels decrease as Menopause occurs.
- Thyroid test-
Thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), because an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) can cause symptoms similar to those of Menopause.
Ayushakti’s expert doctors diagnose Menopause with Pulse reading (personal consultation) or face reading (video consultation) to evaluate your symptoms and suggest a treatment plan for you to reduce and manage the symptoms effectively within 3-6 months itself.
Can Menopause cause high blood pressure?
Menopause is a stage of severe hormonal changes. Hormonal therapies may cause elevated blood pressure. Due to increased weight during Menopause can also cause a hike in blood pressure level. A planned diet and herbal supplements can control blood pressure levels and reduce weight and help manage Menopause effectively.
Will Menopause symptoms go away?
Modern treatment in the management of Menopause includes reducing hot flashes, decreasing vaginal discomfort, getting enough sleep, practicing relaxation techniques, strengthening the pelvic floor, eating a balanced diet, and avoiding smoking.
- Medication may include:
Hormone therapy- Estrogen therapy is the most effective treatment option for relieving menopausal hot flashes.
- Vaginal Estrogens- To relieve vaginal dryness, estrogen can be administered directly to the vagina using a vaginal cream, tablet, or ring. This treatment releases just a small amount of estrogen, which is absorbed by the vaginal tissues. It can help relieve vaginal dryness, discomfort with intercourse, and some urinary symptoms.
- Low-dose antidepressants- Certain antidepressants related to the class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) may decrease menopausal hot flashes. A low-dose antidepressant for managing hot flashes may be helpful for women who can’t take estrogen for health reasons or for women who need an antidepressant for a mood disorder.
- Medications to prevent or treat osteoporosis- Depending on individual needs, doctors may recommend medication to prevent or treat osteoporosis. Several remedies are available that help reduce bone loss and the risk of fractures. Your doctor might prescribe vitamin D supplements to help strengthen bones.
What are the side effects?
Common side effects of estrogen medicines are:
- Breast tenderness or swelling, swelling in other parts of the body.
- Feeling sick, Leg cramps, Headaches.
- Vaginal bleeding