The menopause occurs when the ovaries are no longer able to produce estrogen and progesterone. It is a natural and unavoidable process, which occurs on average around the early fifties, but it brings with it huge physical changes that can be very difficult to deal with. Some women may experience the menopause earlier (premature menopause) or as a result of a hysterectomy (surgical menopause). Women experience a range of symptoms, caused by the changing levels of hormones in their bodies. These symptoms include:
- Hot flushes and sweats.
- Joint aches and headaches.
- Brittle bones (osteoporosis)
- Mood swings
- Forgetfulness and difficulty concentrating
- Vaginal dryness, discomfort during sex, and reduced libido
- Passing urine more frequently and increased tendency to urinary tract infections.
- Unwanted weigth gain and loss of muscle mass
Not all women are affected in the same way, and in some cases the symptoms can be mild or their impacts reduced by making certain lifestyle changes, such as eating more healthily, reducing alcohol and caffeine intake, and taking regular exercise. However, in some cases the onset of the menopause may cause considerable physical and emotional distress, this may be particularly (although by no means exclusively) the case in premature or surgical menopauses when struggling with an earlier than expected loss of fertility.
The menopausal symptoms may be treated in a number of ways, including HRT (hormone replacement therapy), tibolone, clonidine or anti depressants.
HOW WEIGHTMATTERS CAN HELP
Our doctor will be able to assess the impact of your menopause symptoms, test bone density, explain the different treatments available and support you in finding a treatment solution that works for you
Our dietician can devise a balanced diet to maintain a healthy BMI and promote optimum health to better cope with the symptoms of the menopause. Vitamin and mineral supplements may be recommended to prevent bone loss and reduce the risks of osteoporosis.
Our therapists can support you with the psychological effects of coping with the loss of fertility and its connection with ageing, how this effects your relationships, and your outlook on life
Your body therapist will devise a relaxation programme to help you lower your stress levels using various massage techniques to relax body and mind and reacquaint yourself with your body.