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About Menopause

Menopause is a natural part of life, but different for every woman.

While menopause affects all women, around 80% will experience uncomfortable symptoms such as:
 
  • hot flushes
  • vaginal dryness
  • mood swings
  • aches and pains
  • crawling or itchy skin
  • sore breasts
  • bloating
  • irritability

The duration and severity of symptoms is very unique, and personal for every woman.

If your symptoms are affecting your daily life, please share the details with your healthcare professional so they can support you. Your Doctor or Pharmacist can provide advice to reduce the impact of symptoms you’re experiencing, help you understand the changes happening and also offer options for managing your symptoms and discomfort. 

We understand sometimes your concerns are of a sensitive nature so we’ll always give you the opportunity to have a private consultation. Talk to your 777 Pharmacist today. 

We’re caring for women, for life. 
 


What is Menopause?

  • Most women reach menopause between 45-55 years (average age for Australian women is 51 years) and occurs   when you have had no menstrual period for 12 months. 
  • It sometimes occurs earlier than expected as a result of cancer treatment, surgery or other unknown causes. 
  • Oestrogen levels (the main sex hormone in women) vary in the time leading up to the final menstrual period (perimenopause) and is no longer produced by the ovaries at menopause. 
  • The menopausal symptoms experienced are caused mainly by changes to both levels of oestrogen and also progesterone happening over months or years as menopause approaches. 


There are many options available to help you, including: 

 

1. Lifestyle Changes 

  • A healthy diet can help with fatigue and mood. 
  • Being physically active can help with stress, hot flushes, mood and bone density.
  • Practical strategies to stay cooler ie. carrying a hand fan, water spray, wearing loose cool clothing.

 

2. Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) & Non-Hormonal Treatment Options

  • Your Doctor will discuss risks and benefits with you when deciding whether HRT treatment is suitable for you.
  • If HRT is not suitable, your Doctor can recommend other options.

 

3. Complementary Natural Therapies 

  • These include herbal combinations with black cohosh, Dong Quai, Anemarrhea and Shatavan. 
  • Consuming phytoestrogens (eg. soy, lentils) may also help with symptoms.
  • Other complementary medicines are also available to assist with trouble sleeping, feelings of anxiety and pain.

Talk to your Doctor or Pharmacist for personalised treatment options suited to you.