What is menopause
Menopause is a natural part of aging in a woman. It is said to have occured when a woman's menstrual cycles have stopped for at least 1 year. The mean age of attaining menopause is from 45-55 years.
Why is it important for me to understand Menopause?
In the past, number of women who used to die owing to one or the other medical reason before attaining menopause was very high. But with advances in Medicine, the average life span of a woman has increased and most women today survive well past their menopausal age. Projected figures in 2026 have estimated the menopausal population in India will be 103 million. Therefore, it is important for all middle- age women to understand menopause and embrace it as a natural milestone.
What symptoms can I experience?
⚫ Irregular menstrual cycles
⚫ Mood swings
⚫ Joint-related problems
When should I see a doctor?
Sudden post menopausal bleeding
⚫ Lump in breast
Blood Pressure related problems
⚫ Osteoporosis (Prone to fractures)
⚫ Disturbed sleep
Tell me about the necessary precautions
Go for regular gynaecological and medical checkups like annual mammogram, Pap smear, screening for vaginal infections and STDs.
⚫ Pap Smear Test: It is a screening test for cervical cancer. Cells scraped from the opening of the cervix (lower part of the uterus) are examined under a microscope.
Bone density test: A bone density test determines if you have osteoporosis disease that causes bones to become more fragile and more likely to break
What are a few ways of managing menopause?
•Do plenty of exercise
• Practice meditation
• Avoid wearing tight clothing • Try to reduce your levels of stress
• Cut out on caffeine intake
• Eat a calcium-rich diet like tofu, cheese, yogurt, milk, sardines, broccoli, almonds and dark leafy greens like spinach
• Practice pelvic floor muscle exercises
Can Homoeopathy help manage menopause ?
In a study by the Council, homoeopathic therapy was found to be very effective in relieving menopausal symptoms. The medicines found to be most useful were:
⚫ Sepia: Hot flushes with anxiety and depression; palpitation; bearing down sensation with leucorrhoea; weakness; tendency to gain weight; aversion to sex; suffocated feeling; hair loss; migraine etc.
• Lachesis: Sudden hot flashes and clammy sweats during the day; with heat and burning pain in the vertex (top) of head, constricted feeling around abdomen, worse pressure of clothes; weariness; suffocated feeling; dizziness; palpitation; fainting; depression; irritability etc.
⚫ Calcarea carbonicum: Hot flashes with perspiration on face and hands; anxiety, palpitation and chills; fatigue etc.
⚫ Lycopodium: Hot flashes worse in the evening, crowded or warm room; offensive sweat; vaginal dryness; involuntary urination; pain in extremities; cramps in limbs; anxiety etc.
• Sulphur: Sleepiness and insomnia, fast pulse; fainting, burning feet, soles, palms, and top of head, heat in head, rheumatic pains in extremities; vaginal pain during sexual intercourse; craving for sweets etc.
Pulsatilla: Weeps easily; timid; irresolute; fears being alone in the evening; likes sympathy; easily discouraged; highly emotional; chilliness; nausea with a downward pressure in abdomen; leucorrhoea acrid, burning, creamy; pain in the back; tired feeling etc.
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