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What is Menopause?

Menopause or change of life is the final menstrual period in women’s life where they become infertile. It occurs when women’s ovaries stop producing the two important hormones estrogen and progestogen. The average age for women to undergo menopause is 51- 52 years in Australia however, women may also experience an early menopause symptom due to treatments such as radiation therapy or removal of ovaries.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

    • Hot flushes (most common)
    • Dry skin
    • Night sweats

    • Vaginal dryness and soreness
    • Reduced sex drive
    • Headache

    • Mood changes (Anxiety, irritability)
    • Tiredness and difficulty concentrating
    • Sleep difficulty

WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF MENOPAUSE?

  • Medical Conditions

    • Osteoporosis and risk of fracture
    • Risk of cardiovascular diseases and stroke
    • Urinary incontinence

WHAT LIFESTYLE, DIETARY MODIFICATION AND EXERCISE CAN YOU DO?

  • LIFESTYLE, DIETARY MODIFICATIONS

    • Stop smoking (can worsen your symptoms and increase the risk of osteoporosis).
    • Avoid alcohol, hot drinks and spicy foods that may trigger symptoms such as hot flushes and night sweats.
    • Eat estrogen rich diet such as chickpeas, soy and flaxseeds.
    • Do regular exercise particularly weight bearing exercise such as dancing, walking for strengthen bones and muscles.

*This information does not replace talking to your health professionals. Ask your Doctor or pharmacist if you are experiencing menopause symptoms.

WHAT ARE THE TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR MENOPAUSAL SYMPTOMS?

Various treatment options are available for managing menopausal symptoms, however it is best to discuss with your GP. Because Menopause is broad and it may be difficult to remember all your symptoms at once, it might be helpful fill out the Menopause questionnaire. This will will help your GP in choosing a suitable treatment plan.

The treatment of menopause symptoms depends on an individual woman and their severity of symptoms. Some women can cope with symptoms without any treatment and some may manage their symptoms by lifestyles modification such as healthy eating and physical activities. However, for some women the menopause symptoms can have major effects on their quality of life that they need to seek medical treatment.

MENOPAUSE SYMPTOM SCORE

Complete the online Menopause Questionnaire and we will contact your GP.

**This information does not replace talking to your health professionals. Ask your Doctor or pharmacist if you are experiencing menopause symptoms.


Click to take questionnaire

Please rate your symptoms from 1 to 10. Where 1 is least severe and 10 is most severe:

References

  1. Australian Medicines Handbook 2018, Menopausal symptoms, Australian Medicines Handbook Pty Ltd; Adelaide.
  2. Foran, T 2010, Managing menopausal symptoms, Australian Prescriber 33, no. 6, pp. 171-5.
  3. National Health and Medical Research Council 2015, Hormone Replacement Therapy: A summary of the evidence, Australian Government, Canberra.
  4. Therapeutic Guidelines 2014, Female hypogonadism, Therapeutic Guidelines, viewed 27 January 2018, < https://tgldcdp-tg-orgaccess.library.unisa.edu.au/viewTopic?topicfile=female hypogonadism&guidelineName=Endocrinology#edg-c14-s5-3>.