Menopause treatment in Singapore

What is menopause?

What is menopause?

Menopause is a natural transition in a woman’s life when her ovaries gradually stop producing eggs, leading to a marked decline in the hormones oestrogen and progesterone. This phase is officially identified once a woman has not experienced any menstrual periods for a continuous twelve-month span, reflecting the irreversible termination of the female body’s reproductive capabilities. On average it occurs at age 51 years but can happen anytime between 45 and 55.

Low levels of oestrogen can affect different systems in the body, such as your bones, heart, brain, skin, genital area and urinary system.

Consulting a doctor experienced in treating menopause will provide personalised advice, support, and any needed treatment for managing this new phase of hormonal and physiological changes.

Menopause vs Perimenopause

Menopause is the final menstrual period and is usually confirmed when a woman has not had a period for 12 months consecutively. Menopause occurs when your ovaries no longer produce eggs, resulting in lower levels of oestrogen and other hormones.

Essentially, perimenopause is the transition period, while menopause marks the end of a woman’s menstrual cycle.

If you are over the age of 45 and have the symptoms of menopause, you do not usually need any tests to diagnose menopause. However, if you are younger than 45 and have symptoms, it is advisable to see a doctor experienced in treating menopause for a check-up.

Common menopausal symptoms

Common menopausal symptoms

The symptoms of menopause are varied. They may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Changed menstrual periods
  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Memory problems
  • Mood disturbances
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Muscle and/or joint pain; some women may also experience osteoporosis after menopause

If your symptoms are affecting your everyday life please make an appointment and discuss your situation with a doctor in Singapore experienced in treating menopause/perimenopause. By doing so, you can receive guidance and any necessary treatments to better manage these symptoms and navigate this phase.

When to see a doctor for menopause?

Menopause is a natural phase, often accompanied by discomfort, but usually not a cause for concern. However, if common menopause symptoms are severe, please consult with a doctor experienced in treating menopause to ensure proper management and support.

Additionally, if you experience unusually heavy periods, bleeding between periods, or significant vaginal dryness during perimenopause, seeing a doctor experienced in treating menopause/perimenopause is strongly recommended.

Menopausal symptom facts

Menopausal symptom facts

Symptoms can begin during the perimenopausal years. Each woman’s experience is different. Some key facts include:

  • Menopausal symptoms affect 70-80% of women
  • Menopausal symptoms are severe in 25% of women
  • They last seven years on average
  • One third of women report long-term symptoms
  • 50% of women said their symptoms impacted their home life and 36% said the menopause impacted their social lives
  • At work, symptoms can affect engagement, performance, motivation, and relations with employers

Not all these changes are hormone-related, and most are expected to resolve after menopause. If you require support please come and visit one of our doctors experienced in treating menopause. Please read our Menopause Fact Sheet for more information.

Types of treatment for Menopause

Navigating through menopause can be challenging, but various menopause treatments in Singapore are available to alleviate symptoms. The below is an overview however what is right for you depends upon your needs.

  • Hormone Replacement Treatment (HRT): This treatment option balances hormones by supplementing oestrogen and progesterone. It helps in managing hot flashes, night sweats, and other hormonal imbalance symptoms.
  • Non-hormone medication: These medications can help relieve menopause symptoms without altering hormone levels.
  • Home remedies: Natural remedies or supplements like black cohosh, soy, and vitamin E may also ease menopausal symptoms.
  • Lifestyle changes: Additionally, incorporating regular exercise, maintaining a healthy diet, reducing stress, and avoiding triggers, like caffeine, contributes to the management of menopause symptoms, such as hot flashes, as well as help improve overall wellbeing,

Choose a menopause treatment under the guidance of doctors from a menopause clinic in Singapore to ensure it aligns with your health needs.

Seeking support

Seeking support

Some women find going through perimenopause/menopause can negatively impact their life and may need to seek assistance from doctors. At Osler Health, we believe in a holistic approach to healthcare, this means we aim to thoroughly understand your needs through looking at your symptoms and reviewing your physical health, sleep, hormonal balance, mental health and health history. In this way we can fully understand your needs.

Osler Health has two respected co-lead doctors with deep experience in treating menopause/perimenopause. Dr June Tan Sheren is a member of the Australasian Menopause Society, and Dr Tash Mirando is a member of The British Menopause Society. Both these doctors practise from our Osler Raffles Hotel Arcade clinic.

 

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Next steps

Every woman has a different menopause, and what may work for your friend may not work for you. Consider consulting with doctors with expertise in treating menopause/perimenopause to ensure you receive the most suitable care. If you wish to see a female doctor, we have doctors in both our Raffles Hotel Arcade clinic and Star Vista clinic who have extensive menopause management experience.

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Frequently asked questions about menopause treatment in Singapore

Common treatments for menopause symptoms include hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for balancing hormones and lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise to improve overall wellbeing and manage symptoms like sleep disturbances and weight gain. Consulting a doctor for menopause concerns will provide you with a suitable and personalised treatment plan.

There are natural alternatives to HRT. Always consult with a doctor before starting any menopause treatment to ensure safety and effectiveness.

Choosing the right treatment for menopause symptoms involves evaluating your specific symptoms, health history, and personal preferences. Consult with a doctor for menopause problems to discuss options, including hormone replacement therapy, non-hormone medications, natural remedies, and lifestyle changes. Personalised advice from a doctor ensures the treatment aligns with your health needs and lifestyle.

You should visit a doctor in Singapore for menopause treatment when symptoms like hot flashes, mood swings, sleep disturbances, or vaginal dryness become significantly disruptive to your daily life. This applies if you’re a local or an expat living in Singapore. Early consultation with a doctor experienced in treating menopause can provide professional advice on managing symptoms and assess the need for specific treatments, ensuring a tailored approach to your health and wellbeing during menopause.

This depends upon what your symptoms are. Consulting with a doctor with past experience in treating menopause/perimenopause ensures a tailored approach to symptom management.

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