Menopause – Why Women Need ‘Special Care’; Shared By A Dr

Don’t be disappointed if you are a male! (I have something for ‘males’ at the end of my write up). It was just to highlight how difficult the situation of menopause is! 

Why I call it a difficult situation is because it is not a disease. So many women simply don’t turn up to gynaecologists. As a gynaecologist in Vadodara, I feel it needs some attention. 

At our hospital, I rarely see patients coming specifically for this problem. People visit gynaecologist hospitals in Vadodara only when things go beyond control.

I’ll be happy if you read till the end and update yourself with the hard phase that every woman goes through in her life during menopause. At our hospital, we provide guidance/treatment for menopause. 

What is menopause?

Menopause is a natural condition that happens to every woman who is between the age of 40 to 50. It happens when the ovaries make fewer sex hormones.

Slowly and gradually, fewer sex hormones of estrogen and progesterone are produced and ultimately the menstruation stops. When you don’t have periods for 12 months then you are said to have menopause.

Although the process of menopause is natural, sometimes surgery can also lead to menopause. If you approach some of the best gynaecologists in Vadodara, they will surely guide you before the procedure about what you may face later.

During surgery, a gynaecologist may remove your uterus, ovaries or fallopian tubes. Removal of ovaries causes immediate menopause whereas if only the uterus is removed then you can expect menopause within five years.

Each hormone has a different role to play in a women’s body.

Low Estrogen can lead to

  • Lack of sexual desire
  • Delay puberty
  • Lead to painful sex
  • Hot flashes

You can recognize that levels of Estrogen are low in your body if you observe the following conditions:

  • Dry Skin
  • Tenderness in the breasts
  • Brittle bones
  • Moodiness
  • Irritability
  • Vaginal Dryness
  • Hot flashes
  • Weight gain near the belly area
  • Frequent headaches
  • Insomnia

The below image explains the role of each hormone in greater detail.

As the best gynaecologist in Vadodara, I always advise my patients to get blood tests done to check their hormone levels.

The blood tests reveal your:

  • Hormonal levels
  • FSH
  • Estradiol
  • Thyroid hormone
  • AMH

Depending on the case, an HRT treatment involving medicine for estrogen and progesterone is prescribed.

What are the symptoms of menopause?

As said earlier, if you miss mensuration for 12 months or more and you are of an age between 40 to 55 then you should look out for specific symptoms of menopause.

Symptoms of menopause:

  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Palpitations
  • Irritability
  • Headache
  • Weight gain around the belly
  • Hair loss
  • Loss of sexual drive

How is menopause treated?

Generally, we try to observe the severity of your problems. Depending on that we, as the best gynaecologist hospital in Vadodara, recommend changes in the lifestyle factors. 

Lifestyle changes and home remedies for Menopause

  • Try to apply vaginal creams to keep it lubricated
  • Drink more fluids
  • Wear light costumes
  • Practice relaxation techniques
  • Adequate sleep
  • Balanced diet
  • Regular exercise
  • Avoid alcohol and smoking

If we feel that the problem needs to be dealt with differently then we prescribe medicines for it:

  • Hormone replacement therapy (HRT): This includes medicines or injections for replacing the hormones
  • Topical hormone therapy: It consists of creams and gels that need to be applied to the vagina to lubricate it and provide relief to you.
  • Other medications: These are non-hormonal medications that can help you to deal with menopause.

A few precautions on your part and a change in diet can go a long way in helping you with menopause. In general, you should avoid following if you are facing menopause.

  • Spicy food
  • Processed food
  • Fast food
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Fatty meals

In my opinion, you should visit the best gynaecologist hospital in Vadodara if you are feeling the intense symptoms of menopause. This is because it can further complicate matters and lead to:

  • Heart and blood vessel (cardiovascular) diseases: Due to a decline in estrogen levels. Keep a check on cholesterol levels and blood pressure
  • Osteoporosis: Bone density decreases as a result of which women become more prone to fractures.
  • Urinary incontinence: This happens because the tissues of the vagina and urethra become less elastic. It is necessary to do pelvic exercises to retain elasticity.
  • Sexual function is hampered: This happens because there is dryness in the vagina. Some lubricants can provide relief.
  • Weight gain: Metabolism slows down during menopause and leads to weight gain.

Here are some common FAQs that people always ask me, as the best gynecologists’ in Vadodara.

FAQs about menopause

Why does menopause cause brain fog?

Changes in the levels of hormones can sometimes cause brain fog. This can be seen when a woman forgets the names of people or a simple task like entering a room and forgetting why she had entered. 

Why does menopause cause breast pain?

Estrogen is the hormone that is responsible to keep breasts hydrated. Due to hormonal imbalance, the breasts shrink and become less firm. They also sag and lose shape. 

At times we prescribe hormone replacement therapy to relieve the symptoms but this does not help with the problem of sagging breasts. 

Why does menopause cause bloating?

Oestrogen is the hormone that is responsible for maintaining the correct amount of water and bile in the body. During menopause, the levels of Oestrogen begin to change. As a result of which the body stores more water and makes you feel bloated. 

It also affects the production of bile and in turn, affects the digestion process. It further leads to gas and flatulence. 

Why menopause weight gain?

Decrease in oestrogen levels, lack of physical activity, reduction in metabolism, lack of proper sleep, and lifestyle factors cause weight gain during menopause. 

Why does menopause cause insomnia?

Changes in the hormonal levels can cause anxiety, and depression and may also lead to insomnia. 

Final Advice

“Menopause is ruining my life
Menopause is destroying my life
Menopause is killing me
Menopause is affecting my work
Menopause is making me crazy”
Don’t utter these words. Come talk to us, so that we can solve your problem together. Menopause in itself is not a problem but if not treated properly, it can lead to further health problems or psychic problems.

Some women even feel suicidal. It is better to take medical advice in such cases. Medicines and healing with a little exercise and diet control can work wonders in treating women with menopause.

As the best gynaecologist in Vadodara, I know how difficult it is to deal bear menopause. But just as I promised you at the beginning of my article, I just want to tell my ‘male friends’ who are reading this to be more patient in dealing with their wives, and sisters who are facing menopause.

We are always at your service at Janvi Multispeciality hospital. For all your queries you can always come to me. Wishing you good health.

About Dr Vinay Bhabhor

A caring, skilled professional, dedicated to simplifying what is often very complicated and confusing in the area of health care. The doctor studied and completed his MD (Gynec). Save your time and book an appointment with Dr Vinay Bhabhor for all your gynaecology problems.

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