What is Menopause?

A natural process Menopause in women is a natural process that is defined as the absence of menstrual bleeding for 12 months1. Perimenopause (the period before menopause) and post-menopause (the period after menopause) are characterized by significant changes in the hormonal balance in women’s bodies, particularly by the decrease in estrogen and progesterone levels2. Estrogen helps regulate…

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Psychological consequences of menopause

While not directly linked to psychiatric illness1, menopause is likely to be a period of psychological stress for women. Studies have shown that during the perimenopausal and menopausal transitions, women may experience mild anxiety and depression due to hormone changes2, but these changes may not lead to severe depression. Considering the many responsibilities that women…

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Menopause: Why is adherence to treatment important?

Medication will not work unless it is taken.1 This may sound obvious, yet every second patient is not taking her medication properly.4 But what does it mean to be adherent? Adherence is the degree to which a patient follows a doctor’s prescription.2 As a woman suffering from menopausal symptoms, being adherent means having a chance to feel relief…

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How to manage your sleep during menopause?

How common is insomnia among peri- and post-menopausal women? Sleeping problems are quite common among peri- and post-menopausal women. Roughly 50% or more of women undergoing menopause struggle with lack of sleep1,2, indicating a higher prevalence rate compared with those in the pre-menopause stage2. Peri- and post-menopausal women also experience more frequent and more severe snoring2.…

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Menopause: How to address challenges of intimacy during menopause

Can hormonal changes cause intimacy issues? Menopause can have consequences on relationships and sexual health. In addition to psychological issues that can make intimate relationships and desire complicated, there are physical issues that can make those relationships painful. The main menopause symptom related to sexual issues is vaginal dryness.1 How do these changes explain a decreased…

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Exercise and diet tips for adapting to hormonal changes

Menopause and diet During and after menopause, managing hormonal changes will become part of your daily routine and should also be considered in weight management12, 13. Menopause signals a new phase in a woman’s life in which diet and exercise can be an opportunity to reconnect to your body and bring back healthy lifestyle habits.…

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Menopause: Why dare talk about it?

While absolutely natural, menopause still remains a taboo subject1—something not to be discussed in society. Even if it is asymptomatic or the symptoms are very mild, women’s health can be impacted. However, when the symptoms are bothersome (which is the case for about 50% of women2), the inability to discuss their problems may lead women to…

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Menopause: What are the treatment options?

One of the main reasons for menopause symptoms (such as night sweats, hot flashes, and aging skin)1 is the decline of estrogen levels in women’s bodies. To address these symptoms, it is necessary to help the body function normally by using estrogen supplements. There are two ways to do this: 1. Natural methods such as special…

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