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The climacteric – Salvation? Curse? Fate?

The climacteric – Salvation? Curse? Fate?

A very important topic, which is frequently and early in the gynecological consultation, is the climacteric.

According to medical definition, the climacteric means the end of the naturally occurring menstruation by stopping the hormonal activity of the ovaries. On a statistical average, this is the case today in Europe between the ages of 50 and 51, but there are major deviations from this; we know women who spontaneously experience menopause at the age of 40 or even at the age of 60.

In very different situations, this topic moves women today.

Already at the age of 35, the first irregularities in the cycle can become noticeable, but often the desire to have a baby is not yet completed, sometimes not even tackled, since the idea of ​​the possible climacteric suddenly seems threatening. The own assessment of the youthfulness and the time, which is available for the family planning, seems uncertain and unpredictable, that often scares the women.

The possibilities

Nevertheless, medicine today has many possibilities to fulfill the desire to have children beyond the age of 35, but you should better think about your own life planning at an early stage and discuss this with the gynecologist.

The question of possible complaints also moves the women, everyone has heard in general already bad tales of sleepless nights and sweaty days, even the idea of ​​a climacteric depression in an actually active, happy phase of life sounds frightening. Add to this the fear of physical change, e.g. Weight gain, dry skin and mucous membranes, visible aging?

These questions can only be answered very individually and should therefore be discussed in peace with the gynecologist, whereby it is very important to take into account the personal situation of the woman and to really raise all fears, reservations and concerns.

Generally one can say: about one third of all women does not have climacteric complaints, one third experiences mild symptoms, i. Sporadic heatwaves that feel like a premature blush during puberty, occasionally occur at night, but usually are well tolerable and become rare after a few months. For this we have a variety of herbal supplements available to support this phase of life.

But a third of all women have really severe discomforts, which then affect their daily quality of life. For these women, however, modern medicine has a large number of hormone replacement products available, which, although not completely without side effects but with many benefits, can bring about a rapid and usually complete recovery of quality of life. This has been optimised in recent decades by extensive medical studies and can be individually dosed today.

The lifestyle

In addition, attention should be focused on the basic lifestyle, a fresh, balanced diet, abstinence from nicotine and regular alcohol consumption, sports in endurance as well as muscle strengthening and support of flexibility and coordination, and certainly also the consideration of mental health , Serenity, self-determination, stress reduction are the key words here.

And what about contraception? Perhaps the gynecologist advises against certain contraindications to taking contraceptive pills, perhaps hormones are altogether less well tolerated, a copper coil is not recommended because of heavy bleeding in uterine fibroids and the natural methods do not work because of the irregular cycle? Nevertheless, is the onset of pregnancy possible, but no longer desired? Here, hormone determinations in the blood can determine the individual pregnancy risk more closely and be a decision-making aid as of when pregnancy prevention is no longer required.

The question of whether the climacteric is now salvation, curse or destiny can not be answered in general, but it is certainly an issue that can be overcome, and should not scare us.

Talk to your gynecologist about it.

Your Dra. Christiane Springer

Gynecologist in the International Specialist Center Palma Porto Pi