The menopause and post-menopause stages are part of a normal ageing process that your body goes through as you age.
It is simply your body telling you that this is the end of your reproduction cycle, or fertility.
The word “menopause” describes the last menstrual cycle that you will experience.
This is due to the slowing rate at which your body produces the hormones oestrogen and progesterone.
Post-menopause simply means that 12 months have gone by since your last menstrual period.
Here are some hard facts you didn’t know about menopause, and how women can prepare themselves for the big changes.
Similar to how your skin produces lesser elastin and keratin — the main components that help to keep your skin tight and smooth — your body also produces less hormones that are responsible for producing eggs in the ovaries.
Women generally produce 400,000 eggs at the first menstrual cycle; nearing the stages of menopause and post-menopause, this number gradually decreases to meet only tens of thousands.
Typically, women start entering the menopausal stages in their lives between the ages of 45 to 55, and the most common misconception is that it is short term and happens only once.
This cannot be far from the truth, says Dr. Jacqueline Thielen, a women’s health expert from Mayo Clinic, as the average menopausal journey lasts years.
The post-menopause stage comes in sometime around your mid- to late 50s.
One of the reasons women find it hard to accept that they’ve entered menopause is that they do not know what to expect, or how to care for their bodies during this stage.
During menopause, you may experience biological changes happening in your body, and these symptoms may include vaginal dryness and urinary incontinence.
Deemed a “hallmark sign” of menopause and post-menopause, vaginal dryness or “atrophy” is caused by the thinning of the vaginal tissues. With lesser secretion to lubricate the walls of the vulva, it can cause irritation and pain, especially if engaging in sexual intercourse.
Vaginal dryness, unlike hot flashes, can happen for a long period of time if you do not seek immediate treatment. Not only does it impede the conditions of living for women, but it also decreases self-confidence and impacts your well-being in the long run.
More common in postmenopausal women, leaking is a sign of distress occurring in your urinary system.
This happens because of the ageing process chain:
Image source: Semantic Scholar, Obstetrics and gynecology clinics of North America 1998
If left untreated, pelvic floor muscles can be further weakened, causing severe urinary incontinence.
This can affect your everyday life, causing an impediment to work or relationships.
Especially after childbirth, women find that their vaginal tissues have simply weakened, of that the dryness and leaking have affected their sexual libido, relationships and quality of life.
Other than seeking medical treatment, remedies to circumvent the inevitable vaginal laxity can include Kegel exercises and massages.
For most women, it may seem difficult to find a quick solution to at least one of these symptoms.
As with all health conditions, it is always better to detect them earlier in life to be able to receive efficient and effective treatment.
Planning ahead also helps in alleviating some, if not all, concerns surrounding these menopausal symptoms.
Various treatments are available to help you eliminate or relieve some of the symptoms of menopause, especially for skin changes including vaginal dryness and urinary incontinence.
One such treatment, FioreCARE, involves patented technology that is effective in improving skin’s elasticity and hydration.
Using radiofrequency, this treatment emits electromagnetic waves to stimulate your body’s natural elastin and collagen production, thus boosting the skin’s natural healing process.
It reaches into your body’s cellular activity to improve skin hydration.
Unlike most vaginal treatments, FioreCARE provides consistent results with each treatment as well as provide more benefits to the vulva than simply tissue tightening.
Another effective treatment, especially so for improving your urinary system and vaginal health, this treatment works on your deep tissue muscles to activate the nervous system in your body, and stimulating muscle contraction.
This is similar to performing a workout and is also a great alternative for a non-invasive and painless treatment.
Tesla Care targets the overall abdominal muscles, including the pelvic floor muscles, thus providing stronger support for the urethra and bladder and relieving urinary incontinence.
Illumia Therapeutics provides internal vaginal health restoration, labia tightening and mons pubis reduction, with minimal pain, zero downtime and little to no discomfort.
Patients may return to their normal activities post treatment.
Patients with relatively good skin elasticity will respond more readily to the treatment.
In fact, many patients in clinical studies have reported outstanding clinical results for their vaginal treatments.
Schedule a consultation with Illumia Therapeutics’ specialists and experience the path to better health — and a better you — today.
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