Menopause is a point in a woman’s life when she stops having periods. This happens because the ovaries stop producing the normal amounts of progesterone and estrogen. The average age for natural menopause in Singapore is 49 years. With genetics playing a significant role in determining the age at which a woman reaches menopause, lifestyle factors like smoking can also trigger an earlier start.
Most ladies go through this stage with little to no issues at all, while some unfortunately experience disruptive symptoms that call for medical assistance. Common symptoms include, heart palpitations, hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia,mood swings, lethargy and lower back aches.
Female sexual issues may also follow after menopause as estrogen levels go down.Painful intercourse, libido problems and intimacy issues are just some of the concerns that come with this change, and it will progress with time. These problems can be addressed with the help of your primary care physician or a gynaecologist for specialized care.
There are also instances where menopausal issues such as a pelvic masses, post-menopausal/unexplained vaginal bleeding, and other accompanying health problems occur which require surgical intervention.
Tests and Diagnostic Examinations associated with Menopause care may include:
Reaching this milestone is also a time for women to reassess their health. Menopausal women can always choose to enjoy a good quality of life with professional care. Don’t let the stigma of menopause make you dread the coming changes; rather, prepare for it! Book your appointment with Dr. Pamela Tan today.