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Face to face with menopause



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Dr. Shalini Kapoor Kad
May 29, 2010

A homoeopathic paediatrician, a counselling expert and a freelance writer are a few words to describe my profession. My sole aim is to put forth practical piece of information that guides every one right in the direction, blending the medicos to a layman with a simple gesture to make the medical things a little less convoluted and comprehendible.


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Menopause is something which every woman has to face. Though regarded to appear after the age of fifty but sometimes under particular circumstances it may be either delayed or early to strike. Some may experience it in 40’s and some may take it till the 60’s. There aren’t any criteria but in most cases the menopausal age is directly related to ones mother’s age group i.e. if a women reached the cessation around 45 then her daughter is most likely to reach the same almost around 45 only. Here mostly even the pattern of menstrual cycles and menopause may be similar in the two simply like mother like daughter.

Though the natural process may run in a family but sometimes certain diseases or surgical invasions may abruptly alter the sequence.  For example surgical removal of the ovaries either due to cancer, cysts or any other pathology will immediately show up in menopause. Here normal symptoms related to the process will not be experienced. But in case where only uterus is removed and the ovaries remain innate the reproductive organs keep functioning with no menses to show and will later in due course of time will let one experience a menopausal syndrome. Here these symptoms will not show a corresponding cessation of menses. Sometimes even radiation therapy and chemotherapy during the ovulation period may result in the above.

The menopausal syndrome

The syndrome is quiet an extensive one but individual variability is very much existent. The phase will generally show up with the following:-

  • Irregular bleeding: for some the periods may become profuse and frequent and for some they may be scanty and delayed. There is no set of rules to follow in case of the vaginal bleed. Here a gynaecologist must be brainstormed to investigate on the irregular pattern whether it is natural or due an underlying issues surfacing via the medium.
  • Night sweat and hot flushes: this is one of the most common symptoms experienced. A female may be drenched in sweat at night particularly around the chest and head. These are usually attributed to the changing hormonal levels within one’s self. Though their exact persistence is difficult to interpret and they may run parallel for about 5 to 10 years. Sleeplessness, tiredness, fatigue are few related after math to the sweaty affair.
  • Vaginal dryness: In absence of the hormonal support a female will experience some vaginal dryness and also loss of libido as sex becomes painful with lack of lubrication.      
  • Psychological frame of mind: often females are seen to get agitated and may also remain restless during the phase. Mood swings are very common to be noticed.
  • Weight gain, wrinkles, acne, increased hair growth on abnormal areas like chin and upper lip are few other symptoms to add on the list.

The above symptoms may be present for quite a while but menopause can only be established after a year of no menses before that it is just the preliminary phase and chances of pregnancy can’t be side lined. So the answer to menopause is its absolute follow up and graceful acceptance. For some it may come as a blessing to enjoy sex with no fear of pregnancy and for some it can be a tough time drains inside out.  

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