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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

.i have been married for four years. I'm overweight too. I haven't had a period in seven months. I also have hair on my face. I am suffering pcos. please tell me what I do.

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Hello! first keep your weight under control. Avoid having any junk food. Do yoga and meditation. Consume more of green vegetables and fresh fruits. Avoid having any packaged juices. Take tablet normoz- once daily. If you haven’t had your periods...
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1) i'm 26, unmarried,suffering from pcod which was diagnosed at september, 2020.i'm facing acne & thinning of hair problems which are very depressing for me. My period is also irregular. I have already taken antibiotics with tretinoin but nothing so much improvement. What should I do for acne, acne spots & scars? Can I use niacinamide & salicylic based product? 2) how long should pill take for unmarried pcos patient? Are there any long term side effects of pill & metformin?

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based on your history oral contraceptive pills to delay is a period can be used as long as 10 years also but if you are planning for pregnancy then you have to stop oral contraceptive pills and use ovulation induction drugs instead if you are not ...

Hiii. I’m a 31 old year female mother of a 19 months old daughter. I was diagnosed with pcod on the year 2018 before my delivery. After that I consulted a gynaecologist who gave medicines to get pregnant. I delivered a girl in the year 2019 and then I was having almost regular periods. But from last november I am not having regular periods. I talked to my doc and said her that I was having pcod before so she advised me to take deviry and to exercise. But I am tensed of taking deviry every month and not naturally inducing periods. Can I get cancer related health problem? Please help me out. I have gained a lot of weight.

MBBS, M.S Obstetrics & Gynaecology, F.MAS FELLOWSHIP IN MINIMAL ACCESS SURGERY, D. MAS Dipolma in MINIMAL ACCESS SURGERY, FICRS, Fellowship in COSMETIC GYNAECOLOGY, Diploma in advanced Laparoscopy for Urogynaecology & Gynaec oncology, Basic training course in minimal invasive surgery in Gynaecology, Basics of Colposcopy, Fellowship in Cosmetic Gynaecology, Certificate course in diagnostic ultrasound imaging, Certificate of hands on training in hysteroscopy, Certificate course in diabetes, Fellowship in assisted reproductive technology, Certificate program in aesthetic Medicine, Certificate of operative Hysteroscopy, Certificate course in clinical embryology
Gynaecologist, Chennai
first and foremost thing that you have to do is to reduce your weight and change your life style pattern so that you can get the results of having a regular period without inducing with medicines if the period is beyond 50 days then you can induce...

Am 37 years old women recently I gave birth to a baby boy he is 8 months ,via c sec second tym ,after 6 months of c sec I got my periods back with heavy bleeding not so much but more than normal ,i got my periods after 10 months after my first baby ,i had an ultrasound which shows small fibroids maximum about 1.6x1.3 mm doc gave me sysron 5 mg for 20 days, will my fibroid shrink or will I get my normal periods back. please reply am worried as both my sister and mother had done with hysterectomy because of fibroids and am scared of fibrous?

MD - Obstetrtics & Gynaecology, FMAS, DMAS, Fellowship in Assisted Reproductive technology, MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
Gynaecologist, Burhanpur
Hello, fibroids presently are small and can be controlled by being on progesterone only pills. Butas long as the menses would arrive, they would keep growing. So the aim should be to stop menses with progesterone only pills. But if you wish your m...

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