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The time when a woman stops having menstrual periods is not a disease or illness but rather a transition between two phases of a woman’s life, marking the end of her reproductive life. Menopause is confirmed when a woman, misses her period for twelve straight months without other obvious causes.

 

Symptoms of menopause:

  • Shorter/Lighter periods (irregular/skipped periods)
  • Hot Flushes-a brief feeling of heat that may make the face and neck flushed, causes temporary red botches to appear on the chest, back and arms. Sweating and chills may follow.
  • Sleep Issues
  • Sex Problems-less estrogen leads to vaginal dryness which may make intercourse uncomfortable or painful.
  • Joint and muscle aches and pains
  • Mood swings
  • Headaches
  • Weight gain
  • Bladder control problems
  • Bone loss
  • Fatigue

There are many other range of symptoms that may show up in some women

Remedies to help ease the symptoms include:

  • Dress lighter
  • Regular exercise
  • Avoid spicy foods and heat
  • Supplements: Calcium, Vitamin E
  • Vaginal Estrogen creams and tablets
  • Hormone Replacement Therapy
  • Antidepressants

 

Overall, lifestyle modifications can help reduce the symptoms usually seen. Let’s stay healthy as we cross this bridge gracefully.

 

Dr. Wunmi Oshunpidan