Menopause is a natural phenomena that occurs in the life of every women. Menopause simply means stoppage of menses. After this stage women can never become naturally pregnant (they can still conceive with frozen eggs and IVF). The menses symptoms can present as sudden stoppage of menses, or increased gap between two menstrual cycle, decrease in blood flow, irregular cycles and finally menses stop appearing.
Menopause is the medical term for the end of a woman’s menstrual periods. It is a natural part of aging, and occurs when the ovaries stop making hormones called estrogens. This causes estrogen levels to drop, and leads to the end of monthly menstrual periods. This usually happens between the ages of 45 and 60, but it can happen earlier. Sometimes early menopause can be too early and may start in early thirties. Menopause can also occur when the ovaries are surgically removed or stop functioning for any other reason.
Low estrogen levels are linked to some uncomfortable symptoms in many women. The most common and easy to recognize symptom is hot flashes- sudden intense waves of heat and sweating. Some women find that these hot flashes disrupt their sleep, and others report mood changes.
Other symptoms may include irregular periods, vaginal or urinary tract infections, urinary incontinence (leakage of urine or inability to control urine flow), and inflammation of the vagina. Because of the changes in the urinary tract and vagina, some women may have discomfort or pain during sexual intercourse. Many women also notice changes in their skin, digestive tract, and hair during menopause.
Signs & Symptoms of Menopause
The most common symptoms of menopause are irregular menses and hot flashes. But woman can experience many different menopause symptoms, which range from hair loss to mood disturbances. Some of the symptoms of menopause include:
- Changes in menstrual cycles. Menses can be short or long, profuse or scanty; can come too soon or too late.
- Hot flashes: sudden feeling of heat and suffocation with sweating. Lasts for a few minutes only but th episodes can occour several times in a day and may last several years in some cases.
- Night sweats
- Palpitation, Rapid heart beat
- Vaginal dryness, due to low estorgen
- Loss of libido
- Mood swings, depression and increased irritability is common.
- Tiredness, fatigue
- Loss of hair from head and pubic region and increase in facial hair
- Disturbance in sleep, insomnia
- Mental anxiety, poor concentration, depression, panic attacks
- Patient faces weakness of memory
- Increase in weight, especially abdomen and hips
- Urinary Incontinence
- Painful sex
- Digestive disorders
- Decrease in bone strength
- Heaviness of breast
- Heaviness of lower abdomen
- Dryness of skin
- Sensation on tingling in extremities, Formication
The long-term effects of menopause include:
Bone loss and eventual osteoporosis
Changes in cholesterol levels and greater risk of heart disease
Treatment of Menopause symptoms
Allopathic treatment for menopause symptoms- Mainly include hormonal replacement therapy, antihypertensive drugs, antidepressants etc.
Homeopathy Treatment for Menopause Symptoms
Homeopathy is one of the most popular holistic systems of medicine. The selection of remedy is based upon the theory of individualization and symptoms similarity by using holistic approach. This is the only way through which a state of complete health can be regained by removing all the sign and symptoms from which the patient is suffering.
The aim of homeopathy is not only to treat symptoms of menopause but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several well-proved remedies are available for symptoms menopause that can be selected on the basis of cause, condition, sensation and modalities of the complaints. For individualized remedy selection and treatment, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic doctor in person. Some important homeopathic remedies are given below to treat menopause symptoms:
Sulphur, Pulsatilla, Lachesis, Actea Racemosa, Camphor, Platina, Sabina, Calcarea carb, Nux Vomica, Sanguinaria, Sepia, Amyl nit and many other medicines.
Suits especially women who never get well from the change of life (menopause); “have never felt well since that time.” It corresponds to many climacteric troubles, such as haemorrhoids, haemorrhages, vertigo, burning on the vertex and headaches. It is remedy for women worn out by frequent pregnancies, with sudden cessation of the menses, trembling pulse, headache, flushing of the heat and rush of blood to the head, cold feet and constriction about the heart.
Amyl nitrite. Flushes of heat at change of life. The 30th potency acts well here. Climacteric headache and flushes of heat with anxiety and palpitations. It may be accompanied with facial flushing.
Strontiana carbonica. Flushes of heat with head symptoms relieved by wrapping head up warmly.
Sanguinaria. Flushes at menopause; headache with profuse menses. Burning sensation like hot water, bearing down with leucorrhea smelling like fish or old cheese. Headache every seventh day during menopause. Climacteric disorders with sensation of burning in various parts-face, palms, soles, stomach, etc. hot flushes.
Caladium. Pruritus (itching) at menopause.
Aconite. Derangement of circulation at menopause. Hughes also praises Glonoine for these conditions.
Veratrum viride. Perhaps no remedy controls the flushes of heat, so annoying to women at the change of life, as well as Veratrum viride.
is very often the remedy for the suffering incident to the change of life (menopause symptoms). There is sinking at the stomach, pain at the vertex and irritability of disposition. The patient is restless and unhappy, feels sad and grieved. Bayes prefers the 6th and 12th potencies to the lower dilutions. It is but just to state that many have been disappointed in the use of this remedy.
Caulophyllin 3X. Dr. Ludlam praises this remedy for nervous conditions following the menopause, when there is “great nervous tension and unrest with a propensity to work and worry over little things.”
Sepia. Congestion at the menopause, in characteristic Sepia constitutions, are quickly benefited by the remedy. Unusual bleeding during menopause. Hot flushes at menopause with weakness and perspiration. Aversion to coitus.
Our English confreres use this remedy quite extensively in what is termed a “fagged womb.” The patients are very tired, want to lie down, have a backache. There is no real disease, but a marked tiredness all the time.
Cardus is of supreme importance for liver troubles at the menopause.
Ustilago. Often rivals Lachesis in controlling the flooding (menorrhagea) during the menopause. Vertigo is characteristic.
Acidum sulph – excellent homeopathic remedy for menopause symptoms, hot flashes followed by perspiration and trembling. Does everything in hurry. Craves stimulants.