Menopause is a natural process that occurs as the ovaries age and produce less reproductive hormones. The body begins to undergo several changes in response to lower levels of:
- follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH)
- luteinizing hormone (LH)
Menopause often causes debilitating pains and uncomfortable symptoms, such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness and weight gain.
Stages of Menopause
Perimenopause: Most women first begin developing menopause symptoms before their last menstrual cycle. This phase is called Perimenopause, which occurs before menopause and is where hormonal changes happen in preparation for menopause. During perimenopause, menstrual periods are likely to become irregular. Your periods may be late, or you may completely skip one or more periods. Most women begin perimenopause in their mid-40s and symptoms could last from a few months to several years. Some women do not undergo perimenopause and enter menopause suddenly.
Menopause: Menopause is defined as a lack of menstruation for one full year. It’s important to know that every woman’s menopause experience is unique.
Post-Menopause: This refers to the years after menopause has occurred.
Aside from menstruation changes, the symptoms of perimenopause, menopause, and postmenopause are generally the same. Common symptoms include:
- Urinary Incontinence
- Vaginal dryness & laxity
- Reduced muscle and bone mass
- Painful or stiff joints
Menopause symptoms often lead to other complications, including:
- vulvovaginal atrophy
- dyspareunia, or painful intercourse
- slower metabolic function
- osteoporosis, or weaker bones with reduced mass and strength
- mood or sudden emotional changes
- periodontal disease
- urinary incontinence
- heart or blood vessel disease
Treatment at Orchard Clinic focuses on allowing the body to naturally overcome symptoms without the use of medication or hormone therapy.
High intensity electromagnetic energy to treat Incontinence and Diastasis Recti.
EXILIS Ultra Femme 360 to tighten the inner vaginal canal walls and firm up the labia.
One-to-one exercises for muscle stretching and strengthening customised to the individual.
Orchard Clinic is a specialised centre for Postnatal and Postpartum conditions, helping clients achieve healthy and pain-free lifestyles.