WHAT IS PERIMENOPAUSE OR MENOPAUSE?
The menopause occurs because your ovaries stop producing eggs and,
as a result, levels of the hormones they produce (oestrogen, progesterone
and testosterone) fall.
Your ovaries gradually slow down over a period of time before the
menopause occurs. This is known as the perimenopause and can last for
a few months or several years.
You are likely to experience physical symptoms like hot flushes, aches
and pains, headaches, and bladder or urinary problems, or psychological
problems, such as mood swings, anxiety, low mood, memory problems
and brain fog. Many women suffer from a combination of these.
These symptoms may occur every day or may come and go so some days
are worse than others.
has stopped making during the menopause. There are different types and
doses of HRT so it is important you receive the right type for you.
What does this have to do with Aesthetics?
Menopause affects the skin, hair and nails and can cause premature ageing so it is definitely connected to aesthetics.
HOW IS THE MENOPAUSE TREATED?
Fortunately, there are lots of treatments and lifestyle adjustments that
can help you have a more positive experience of perimenopause and
The most effective treatment is hormone replacement therapy
(HRT), which works by replacing the hormones a woman’s body.
You could also try CBT, a talking therapy that can improve some of the
psychological symptoms by changing the way you think and behave.
Mindfulness may also be beneficial.
There can be increased risk of some health conditions postmenopause,
women who take HRT have a lower risk of heart disease, osteoporosis,
diabetes, clinical depression and dementia.
More fact-based information can be found at:
The benefits of HRT
The right type of HRT, at the right dosage, can do a great job of easing your symptoms of the
perimenopause and menopause. Once you start taking HRT your symptoms should start to
improve within three months – and often much more quickly. Remember, you don’t need to
wait until you’re experiencing severe symptoms before you start taking HRT. In fact, there
are more benefits to your health from start to take HRT earlier in your perimenopause.
How long will it take for my symptoms
Hot flushes and night sweats usually stop within a few
weeks of starting to take HRT, but vaginal and urinary
symptoms (such as dryness, pain and discomfort
during sex, and recurrent urine infections) can
sometimes take several months to settle.
Within a few weeks you may also notice that you’re
sleeping better, your mood and concentration improve,
aches and pains begin to ease, your energy levels
increase, and your skin and hair look healthier.
What are the benefits of HRT?
As well as helping to ease menopause symptoms,
evidence shows that HRT can benefit your health in
other important ways.
Your risk of cardiovascular disease will reduce
There’s evidence to show that taking HRT reduces your
risk of cardiovascular disease, including heart attack
and stroke. HRT can also help to lower cholesterol
levels, which reduces the risk of heart disease. These
benefits are greatest if you start taking HRT within ten
years of your menopause.
You’re less likely to develop osteoporosis
Taking HRT can help to prevent – and even reverse –
the bone loss that occurs due to low oestrogen levels
during and after menopause. This means you’ll be less
likely to break a bone as a result of osteoporosis.
Other possible health benefits
Some studies indicate that women who take HRT have
a reduced risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease and
other types of dementia. However more research is
needed before we know this for sure. Some research
has also shown a reduction in the risk of bowel
cancer in women in who take HRT. Not only that,
some research shows a reduction in the risk of type 2
diabetes and osteoarthritis.
What if HRT doesn’t work?
You may need to talk to your doctor about adjusting
the dose or the type of HRT if you continue to have
symptoms after the first three months of taking it. It’s
also common for symptoms to improve, then get worse
again. This often happens during the perimenopause
when your hormone levels are fluctuating, and it’s
usually a sign that you need a higher dosage.
To find out if you are going through the menopause or perimenopause I recommend this useful questionnaire. https://www.themenopausecharity.org/2021/10/21/menopause-symptoms-questionnaire/
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