Menopause occurs when a woman’s ovaries run out of functioning eggs. Symptoms of early menopause are basically the same as for natural menopause. There is a rapid decline in the amount of estrogen (known as “estrogen crash”) in your body. This causes you to enter menopause more quickly than other women. Estrogen crash can cause extreme hot flashes, fatigue, mood swings, and depression in some women. The most common is the hot flush however, women may sometimes experience several of the symptoms hot flushes and night sweats ,aches and pains ,crawling or itching sensations under the skin ,headaches ,vaginal dryness ,reduced sex drive ,urinary frequency ,tiredness ,irritability ,depression ,sleeping difficulty ,lack of self esteem and forgetfulness.
Emotional problems related to the menopause – many women find the symptoms of the menopause. In a survey of early menopausal women, 100% of women who experienced surgical menopause experienced a number of menopause symptoms in quick succession. Pelvic surgeries, such as hysterectomy, also causes early menopause. Vague symptoms you may not have connected may become significant when viewed as part of perimenopause. Dryness of the vagina – this is a common symptom of pre-menopause and unfortunately it can cause a woman to feel uncomfortable during sexual intercourse. It can help in some cases to talk to a councillor so that any depressive emotions can be worked through outside of the home.
Menopause Treatment Tips
1. Hormone therapy relieving menopausal hot flashes.
2. Gabapentin (Neurontin) is approved to treat seizures, but it also has been shown to significantly reduce hot flashes.
3. Cyclical therapy: Estrogen taken daily via a pill or via a patch.
4. Clonidine (Catapres, others). Clonidine, a pill or patch typically used to treat high blood pressure.
5. Estrogen can be administered locally using a vaginal tablet, ring or cream.
6. Gabapentin (Neurontin) is approved to treat seizures.
By: Juliet Cohen
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