Doctor I have hot flushes
My mother never complained about hot flushes. She did not say anything about “change of life”. The uncomfortable symptoms that influence women with hormonal changes.
Now I know that my mother had them too.
Sudden changes in mood unexplained, irritability just because. Excessive sweating with sudden onset of a heatwave that lasts for a few minutes and leave them uncomfortable. She stopped sleeping through the night and her hair started thinning. Still she did not complain.
My father did complain about mom that became difficult for no reason. The changes in facial expressions at the dinner table was noticeable as response to my mother’s remarks.
Menopause that is what it was. The symptomatic changes are the least of the problems. Hot flushes, sweating, depression, hair loss, dry skin, dry vagina, gradual weight gain around the middle, tiredness, loss of libido and insomnia is but a few of the symptoms that are noticeable.
The risks of menopause are a bigger problem to the doctors and patients, although the patients do not feel this. High cholesterol, risk of fractures due to low bone density and higher risk of heart attacks and diabetes due to weight gain.
Menopause can be with or without a uterus. Without the uterus the symptoms can start earlier. There is treatment available in the form of hormone replacement therapy. With the uterus intact it must be apposed hormones- oestrogen and progesterone, without a uterus it is oestrogen alone.
There is a lot of talk about risk of breast cancer. Dr Bhana said that this is not true. Oestrogen alone lowers the risk of breast cancer by 25%. Please take hormone replacement therapy it betters quality of life. The risk of breast cancer is higher by 2 out of a 1000 if you smoke. Your chance of dying in a motor vehicle accident is higher than detrimental affects of hormones, so do not drive walk.
The blood tests for hormone levels are not very accurate and does not explain the symptoms. Use the blood tests in conjunction with the symptoms. I do not think they are necessary, but other doctors feel different…
Treatment can better your quality of life and your relationships.