Liv Hospital Gynecology and Obstetrics Specialist Op. Dr. Tamer Sözen gave helpful tips about early menopause. Probably many women predict that they will reach menopause in their early 50s. But for some women, this happens much sooner. About one in 100 women go through menopause before the age of 40 as a result of ovarian failure, while about 100 out of 10 women experience premature menopause, which occurs between the ages of 40-45. While in most cases there is no known cause for ovarian failure and early menopause, some therapies such as smoking, cancer treatment, removal of the uterus, and family history can cause you to experience menopause earlier.
Early menopause can often be seen as a nasty surprise in terms of family planning, in addition to its negative health effects. Therefore, it is necessary to be on the alert for early menopause symptoms. Liv Hospital Gynecology and Obstetrics Specialist Op. Dr. Tamer Sözen gave helpful tips about early menopause.
Eat healthily: A healthy eating program can alleviate menopausal symptoms as well as benefit your overall health. Some research suggests that consuming whole grains, legumes, and oily fish can relieve menopausal symptoms or even delay the onset of menopause. It is recommended that you include these foods in your routine diet.
Pay attention to heart health: When you enter menopause, the protective effect of estrogen hormone disappears. Therefore, a higher risk of cardiovascular disease occurs in the case of early menopause. You should take good care of your heart by quitting smoking, eating a healthy diet, maintaining a normal weight, and drinking alcohol in moderation.
Take care of bones: Estrogen hormone has a protective effect on bone health as well as on the heart. Since early menopause will increase the risk of osteoporosis, consuming foods containing calcium and vitamin D helps maintain healthy bones.
Being active is important: Exercising regularly will help your heart, bone and mental health, as well as ease the symptoms of early menopause and help you stay at a healthy weight.
Accept the changes: It can be difficult to experience and accept the symptoms of menopause earlier than your environment. Instead of seeing this change in your life as a situation that limits you, it will be to your advantage to adopt the necessary lifestyle changes with the help of an expert. You can also be prepared for this situation and review embryo and egg freezing options. Egg freezing is a measure for both married and single women, and embryo freezing is a precaution that will not interfere with family planning for married women.
Lifestyle is important: Having habits that are good for your body is important for your general health, as well as for early menopause. Sudden changes in your life, smoking, unhealthy diet and stress are thought to increase the risk of early menopause. A stress-free and smoke-free life will delay your menopause against the risk of early menopause.
HRT is the solution: Hormone replacement therapy, which replaces estrogen and progesterone hormones that your ovaries no longer produce, creates a protective effect against heart diseases and osteoporosis (bone loss) that can occur with the absence of these hormones.
Pregnancy is still possible: Although the chances are low, you can get pregnant as occasional ovulation can happen. If you want to avoid pregnancy “I am in menopause anyway!” Instead, you should talk to your doctor and choose a birth control method.