Menopause

Nishi Dhawan, MD, CCFP, discusses menopause treatments.

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Nishi Dhawan, MD, CCFP, discusses menopause treatments.
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Featuring Dr. Bal Pawa, BPharm, MD

Duration: 2 minutes, 11 seconds

Menopause is a natural transition that occurs in every woman as her ovarian function declines when she ages.

The natural age of menopause is 51, although a woman can go into menopause between the ages of 45 to 59, depending on her own medical history.

At the time of menopause, we do find that estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, all the female hormones are naturally declining. And because of this a lot of women start to experience many symptoms.

Those symptoms can be very uncomfortable, or for some women can be very mild. Some of the symptoms include hot flashes, difficulty sleeping, dryness of the skin including vaginal dryness. And those are the common ones.

Some of the other ones that women do find very disturbing or that can affect their quality of life are things like anxiety, low sex drive or low libido, heart palpitations, because they actually don't realize that this can also be part of the menopausal transition.

There are many different approaches to managing menopausal symptoms and we're lucky that we have a lot of choices these days. That can range from lifestyle modifications such as exercise, nutrition, and stress reduction, to natural solutions as well as using hormone therapy including bioidentical hormones.

All of these can be very effective and complementary in using many different approaches together. What is really important that we do know now is that lifestyle changes such as weight reduction, minimizing alcohol consumption, stress reduction, exercise, are very important key factors in optimizing hormonal balance and minimizing symptoms.

Hormone therapy remains the gold standard, including bioidentical hormones, in managing menopausal symptoms. But it's important to see your family physician or see your doctor in order to determine whether that's right for you, and whether your severity warrants any other treatment.

Presenter: Dr. Nishi Dhawan, Family Doctor, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Family Doctor

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.