What is ‘Menopause’ and ‘Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)’?
Menopause is a natural biological process that marks the end of a woman’s reproductive years. Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) has been proven to be an effective treatment for replacing lost hormones during this transition period and managing some common symptoms of menopause.
In this article, we will explain what menopause is, review its potential signs and symptoms, along with available treatments such as hormone replacement therapy so you can make an informed decision about which option may be best suited to your needs. Dr June Tan Sheren is one of the only Members of the Australasian Menopause Society in Singapore and is known for her support of women through this period. If you wish to see Dr June Tan Sheren or one of our other female Doctors please contact the clinic to make an appointment. We see many women to support them with their perimenopause/menopause.
What Is Menopause?
Menopause is a natural transition for all women and is characterised as occurring one year after their monthly menstrual cycle stops. This change in hormone balance typically occurs between ages 45 and 55, or when a woman has not had her period for 12 months. Menopause is typically triggered by a decrease in the body’s production of the hormones oestrogen or progesterone. In some cases, menopause may be caused by surgical removal of the reproductive organs, medical treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy, and medical conditions such as early menopause or menopause resulting from certain treatments for breast cancer.
While this is a natural stage of life, menopause can come with a number of different unpleasant symptoms. However, many women find that hormone replacement therapy can help alleviate this range of menopausal symptoms or even prevent them altogether.
Symptoms and effects of menopause
Menopause can be a challenging time for many women, as their body’s production of hormones – such as oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone – dramatically changes. This natural process can cause menopausal symptoms that range from hot flashes and night sweats to mood swings and even depression. Additionally, menopause may increase risk factors for other health issues like osteoporosis, stroke and cardiovascular disease. That being said, hormone replacement therapy has been found to reduce menopause symptoms for some women, but discussing it with your doctor is recommended in order to understand your individual menopausal experience as well as to learn about potential treatments and lifestyle changes that can help facilitate balance.
What is Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) and how can it help you?
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is a method of alleviating menopausal symptoms by supplementing the body with hormones such as oestrogen and progesterone. It works by replacing the hormones that naturally decrease in women’s bodies during menopause, helping to restore balance and easing menopausal symptoms. It has been used safely for many decades by doctors around the world and is routinely prescribed. While it’s not suitable for everyone, hormone replacement therapy can be an incredibly helpful tool in symptom management for those going through menopause.
Manage your Menopause journey with Osler Health
Menopause is a natural part of ageing for women, but it doesn’t have to mean suffering through uncomfortable physical and emotional symptoms alone. At Osler Health, we have built up a reputation for exceptional care of women going through menopausal changes. We have the latest data and practitioners who have extensive experience in this area.
Whether you are local or an expat in Singapore, we have internationally trained doctors who speak a wide range of languages to offer you a comprehensive and tailored service. See our Doctor pages to review the biographies of our doctors. We also provide health screenings for women who would like to undergo a more extensive checkup for further peace of mind. Contact us today to schedule a consultation specially adapted to your needs.