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Menopause: Treatment, Procedure, Cost and Side Effects

What is the treatment? How is the treatment done? Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?) Who is not eligible for the treatment? Are there any side effects? What are the post-treatment guidelines? How long does it take to recover? What is the price of the treatment in India? Are the results of the treatment permanent? What are the alternatives to the treatment?

What is the treatment?

Menopause is the time that marks the end of a woman’s menstrual cycle. It is a natural decline in reproductive hormones. Women undergo this change at the age of 40-50 years. It is diagnosed after a woman goes one year without a menstrual period. In the time leading to menopause, you may experience vaginal drying, loss of breast fullness, irregular periods, hot flashes, mood swings, weight gain, slowed metabolism, thinning of hair or dry skin. This natural, biological period cannot be avoided or be cured to achieve the previous condition. However, there are treatments and medications available to help you get through it. Make sure that you follow a healthy lifestyle and act as soon as you feel any signs of menopause.

How is the treatment done?

You must consult a doctor if you feel the symptoms are becoming are too painful or unbearable. Hormone therapy is considered to be the most effective one to deal with menopausal hot flashes. Estrogen of the lowest dose and the shortest time frame will be administered to provide symptom relief for you. Estrogen may also be administered directly to the vagina if you seek solution to vaginal dryness. This treatment, done in the form of vaginal cream, ring or tablet, releases a small amount of estrogen that is absorbed by the vaginal tissues. Gabapentin drugs like Neurontin and Gralise can help to treat seizures as well as reduce hot flashes. Clonidine drugs like catapres and kapvay are used to treat high blood pressure as well as for providing relief from hot flashes. After considering your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe certain medications or Vitamin D supplements to prevent or treat osteoporosis.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

If you are a woman at the age of around 45-50, experiencing irregular periods, hot flashes, weight gain, vaginal drying etc. you must consult a doctor and get the appropriate treatment for you.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

If your signs and symptoms are not painful and are not causing a hindrance in your daily activities, there is no need to go for treatment or medications.

Are there any side effects?

Long term use of hormone therapy is known to have cardiovascular and breast cancer risks. Therefore, only short term use of this therapy is recommended. Some medications may cause temporary redness, rashes and irritation in your skin.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

The most important thing you must look after is your health. Make sure that you are consuming a healthy diet filled with fresh fruits, vegetables, rice, pulses, meat, fish, nuts, dairy products etc. Keep making regular appointments with your doctor in order to keep a check on your condition. Exercise regularly, according to your doctor’s advice, to keep your body active and healthy.

How long does it take to recover?

Menopause is a lifelong condition. It cannot be cured or be treated to regain the previous condition.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

One session of consultation with a doctor may cost between ₹1100 and ₹1700. The cost of hormone therapy will depend upon every individual’s need and condition. Gabapentin drugs may cost around ₹70 per 100mg. Clonidine may cost around ₹20 per tablet.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

Menopause cannot be treated or cured. Medications and treatment will just help in getting through it conveniently.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

There are no alternatives to this treatment but some practices can help you deal with your condition better. Try to remain in cool environments and dress in layers. Avoid caffeine and get enough sleep. Stay away from tobacco and illegal drugs. Consume a healthy and balanced diet and exercise regularly. Staying sexually active can help in increasing blood flow to the vagina.

Popular Questions & Answers

Sir I am 29 years old and have pcod with submecosal uterine fibroid of 3.5x3.9x2. 5 cm measurement. I am currently taking cystohit m and duoluton l. But after 6 months of treatment size is not reducing. What should I do.

M.B.B.S, Post Graduate Diploma In Maternal & Child Health
These medicines are ok for pcod but do not have any role in fibroid. There are a few medicines which are given to shrink fibroids but it is tailored to the individual patient 's needs. If you would like to know more and discuss, please contact me ...

I recently had an abortion and the second period after abortion is heavier than usual. What treatment do you prescribe? Also can I take dronis to regularize my period so that they will not be heavy the next month?

MBBS, Diploma in Advanced Obstetrics and Gynaecological Ultrasound
Gynaecologist, Hyderabad
Better not to go for any medicine except if u need contraception , give time for periods to normalise,take supportive treatment like iron etc

I was diagnosed with pcos and ive been taking hyponidd for over a month now, and ive been bleeding non stop .sometimes they are heavy with blood clots.

MBBS, Diploma in Advanced Obstetrics and Gynaecological Ultrasound
Gynaecologist, Hyderabad
Pcods will cause irregular periods and hormonal andthyroid test you have to undergo mean while use medicines to stop heavy bleeding.

What is a proper lifestyle change for pcos patients trying for pregnancy? I want to loose weight and I am not able to control food cravings and doctor had advised me not to exercise but do walking. I am taking normoz ds tablet and does drinking fenugreek seeds soaked water safe to drink while trying for pregnancy?

Gynaecologist, Pune
Pls consult a dietician who will make a calorie side diet for weight loss with out hampering the nutritional requirements of your body. As far as you r comfortable can do exercise of your choice. Pls ask your gynaecologist to do follicular monitor...

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