CONDITIONS

MENOPAUSE

When women reach their late 40's or early 50's, menopause begins. Menopause marks the end of menstrual bleeding. It usually encompasses a range of uncomfortable symptoms as a result of decreasing levels of oestrogen and progesterone such as hot flushes, mood swings, night sweats, hair thinning and vaginal dryness. With the help of your gynaecologist, these symptoms can be less of a burden.

What may treatment involve?
During your consultation with Dr. Hartell, she will assess your needs and the priorities for treatment. There are a variety of lifestyle changes and techniques that can make menopause more comfortable, but medication can also help relieve symptoms. Treatments include certain medications to counteract symptoms such as vaginal dryness, hair thinning and insomnia.

For more severe cases, hormone replacement therapy (HRT), otherwise known as menopause hormone therapy (MHT) may be considered to support the body. Since the symptoms are brought about by a lack of hormones, the deficiency may be replaced with medication to lessen the symptoms, making menopause more manageable. Menopause hormone therapy may also be used in women who have had their ovaries removed and in women who still have their ovaries.