Menopause

What is menopause?

Menopause occurs when you haven’t had a monthly period for 12 months. It’s a natural occurrence as you reach the end of the reproductive stage of your life. Most Australian women reach menopause between the ages of 45 and 60, while the average age of menopause is 51.

Menopause can also happen when you’ve had:

  • Surgery to remove your ovaries – an oophorectomy
  • Surgery to remove your womb – a hysterectomy
  • Radiotherapy to your pelvis 
  • Chemotherapy

 

As a Gynaecologist and Menopause Specialist in Sydney, I’ve treated many women who’ve experienced troublesome symptoms during menopause. Please don’t hesitate to call our Rooms on 02 9134 5853 if you’re struggling as there are several treatments that can relieve your symptoms.  

What are the symptoms of menopause?

Every woman experiences menopause differently. Some women have barely any symptoms while others struggle with more severe symptoms that last for years. Menopausal symptoms often start before your periods stop and can last for 5 to 10 years.

Symptoms include:

  • Change in menstrual periods
  • Hot flushes and night sweats
  • Problems sleeping
  • Overactive bladder
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Joint pain
  • Tiredness
  • Anxiety

How is menopause diagnosed?

There is no specific test to diagnose menopause. As you share your detailed medical history including the frequency of your periods and any symptoms you may be experiencing, I’ll be able to tell you if you may be going through menopause. Menopause is confirmed 12 months after your last period. 

Many women struggle with menopausal symptoms that affect their daily lives without seeking help. Please don’t hesitate to make an appointment to see me if you’re experiencing symptoms that make it difficult to function from day to day. Call us on 02 9134 5853 to book an appointment. 

How is menopause treated?

Most women manage mild menopausal symptoms without medication or treatment. However, if your daily life is severely affected then there are non-hormonal and hormonal treatments that can relieve your symptoms. 

Non-hormonal treatment options

It’s possible to use prescription medication options to ease your menopausal symptoms. Specific antidepressants and epilepsy medications have shown to be effective in treating many menopausal symptoms. 

Menopausal Hormone Therapy (MHT)

Menopausal Hormone Therapy (MHT), previously known as Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), covers a range of hormonal treatments for problematic menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes, night sweats and vaginal dryness. 

MHT is available as tablets, patches, gels or vaginal treatments. 

As a Gynaecologist and Menopause Specialist, I’ll explain the different treatments as well as the risks and benefits. It’s important for you to make an informed decision. 

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