Menopause treatment in Abu Dhabi
What is Menopause?
Menopause is a natural and biological process that marks the permanent cessation of menstrual periods and thus marks the end of her reproductive years. It occurs due to the decline in the function of the ovaries, which leads to decreased production of estrogen and progesterone hormones.
Menopause is typically diagnosed if a woman has not had menstruation for 12 consecutive months.
Complications that may occur during menopause
During menopause, women may experience a variety of symptoms and complications due to the changes in hormone levels. Menopause may also increase the risk of certain health conditions such as osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, urinary incontinence, and cognitive decline.
It’s important for women to seek menopause treatment in Abu Dhabi if harsh symptoms appear in menopause.
What are the most common symptoms that menopause is approaching?
Perimenopause is a phase leading up to menopause. During this, women may experience the following symptoms:
The symptoms can vary among women, and changes in menstruation are common. Periods may skip a month or several months before starting monthly cycles again, and they may occur on shorter cycles. Despite irregular periods, pregnancy is still possible, so if you’re unsure whether you’ve started the menopausal transition, consider taking a pregnancy test if you’ve missed a period.
When should you see a Doctor?
It is advised to consult a gynaecologist in Abu Dhabi if you experience severe symptoms such as
You should see a doctor as these may indicate a more serious condition. Other symptoms that require medical attention include pelvic pain, painful sex, and signs of depression or anxiety.
Diagnosis and tests to Ensure Menopause
When you visit Dr. Kade, one of the best gynaecologists in Abu Dhabi, for your menopause symptoms, he might order these tests to rule out the menopause phase.
Blood tests- It may be recommended by a doctor in certain circumstances to check the levels of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and estrogen (estradiol). The FSH levels increase, whereas estradiol levels decrease during menopause.
Thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) level test- The underactive thyroid may cause symptoms like menopause. Although tests are not typically needed to diagnose menopause, there are over-the-counter home tests available that can check FSH levels in urine to determine if you may be in perimenopause or menopause.
Treatment approaches for Relief of Menopause Symptoms
Menopause is a natural process that does not require medical treatment. However, some symptoms of menopause can be bothersome and may require intervention. The primary focus of treatment is on relieving the symptoms that cause chronic conditions. These are some treatment options available:
- Hormone Therapy: Estrogen therapy is an effective menopause treatment in which a low dose of estrogen is given to relieve menopausal hot flashes.
- Vaginal Estrogen: Those who feel vaginal dryness and discomfort are given estrogen in the form of a vaginal cream, tablet, or ring to relieve symptoms.
- Low-dose Antidepressants: Dr. Kade may prescribe specific antidepressants, such as serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), to decrease hot flashes. A low-dose antidepressant is administered to women who can’t take estrogen for health reasons. It is also given to women for a mood disorders.
- Gabapentin: Gabapentin may be prescribed to treat seizures and reduce hot flashes
- Clonidine: It comes in a pill or patch and helps treat high blood pressure during menopause.
- Medications to Prevent or Treat Osteoporosis: As compared to men, women are more prone to osteoporosis which usually manifests symptoms during menopause. Doctors may prescribe medications to reduce bone loss and the risk of fractures. Your doctor might prescribe vitamin D supplements to help strengthen bones.
Although all women may not need to consult a gynecologist during menopause, some may need.
Dr. Sandesh Kade is a revered gynecologist and a leading menopause specialist in Abu Dhabi to offer you the best advice and treatment approaches for relieving menopause symptoms.
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