When you hit Menopause.. Expert Advice with Dr.Chanil Ekanayake

Dr. Chanil Ekanayake Consultant Obstetrician and Gynecologist – Kotelawala Defence Academy Hospital

Menopause can be a challenging time for most women.

You are no longer young but your body is entering a new phase of life – one you should understand well. It is a phase that your body and your mind might need some adjusting to get used to. 

As you get older and your life’s circumstances change, hitting menopause can also pose psychological challenges as well as physical ones.

Dealing with menopause is not easy but can be done.

Menopausal women are likely to experience hormone deficiency, along with well known menopausal symptoms. 

There are broadly three categories of symptoms for women facing menopause. These can be monitored and treated.

  1. Vasomotor symptoms – These are when the body has problems with autonomic regulation – there can be hot flushes and night sweats which might keep you up at night.
  2. Urological symptoms – These could be issues related to passing urine such as painful urination, frequently urinating, urgent urinating are typical symptoms – there might also be incontinent leakage of urine. Which could be embarrassing at time.
  3. Psychological symptoms /psychosomatic syndrome – There could be symptoms which are not physical but more psychological in nature. They may have numerous body pains and aches, some degree of irritability, insomnia and anxiety.

Urological syndromes and local problems can be treated with local applications.

If it is psychiatric syndrome, they may need hormone replacement and drugs that are usually used to cure anxiety and depression.

Vasomotor syndrome also needs hormone replacement.

It is important for women facing menopause to adapt lifestyle changes. 

These could be incorporating exercise and a diet rich in soya and soybeans which contain plant estrogen to replace the estrogen the body no longer produces. 

They should cut down on carbs and fatty, oily foods, caffeine and sugary drinks.

Exercises such as walking and aerobic exercises, yoga at a moderate pace can be incorporated successfully. Exercise is vital not just for everyday health but to ensure bone health and muscle tone as you face challenging times in menopause. 

Mental health is also important during this time – you can find the time to connect with others, relax and rest without too much on your plate.

Menopause tends to be a time of change for most women. Children have left home for studies often and the household chores might be winding down. It’s time to welcome a different phase of life.

Once you know the facts and what can be done to prevent the critical areas, you can look forward to menopause as a phase of life.

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