Surviving Menopause

Dr. Karen Latimer discusses symptoms of menopause and how to get through it.
3:00 | 10/18/11

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Menopause affects every woman at some point in her life whether it's premature menopause or the typical menopause symptoms. What to do about it depends on the severity of the symptoms and your tolerance level. Here to discuss -- upon the irritability that comes with it and some treatments -- doctor Karen Latimer. After -- thanks so much for joining -- -- -- so let's start with the basics of what exactly is menopause supplement. Because by definition happens. A year after your last period. But people in general just use -- to describe this whole common woman's life where things that -- change and things start to change it is pretty expected to be used in that way but. Officially a year after He left here -- is sort of -- -- -- Nancy sensing that they have right -- though it doesn't necessarily come back that's more like a stop a permanent apartment and I think about it and what are the symptoms. Simpson and I get ready -- -- a lot of them had symptoms most commonly are hot flashes irritability mood swings. And insomnia night sweats and vaginal dryness -- -- -- intercourse -- comfortable. Headaches. You know all sorts of uncomfortable things that can range from mild to very severe depending on your own body and what about your appetite for sex -- that diminish your libido. You know -- many women complain of their libido falls off dramatically -- that could be due to the physical factors that we just discussed or you know the emotional. And I these symptoms permanent or is this a -- the woman goes -- -- some of them -- permanent and some of them temporary in the temporary ones have to do more with those declining hormones that happened and -- -- -- the Peri menopausal time it. One to two years prior to actual man upon taking place. And those -- the hot flashes in the night sweats and the insomnia but the other symptoms like vaginal dryness. And you know increased abdominal weeping like that. Go on you know they continue after woman -- menopause now do all women don't go thinking symptoms are there is some -- not have any symptoms at all. -- -- didn't the majority of women have some -- right. But of course just fly international symptoms or you know -- pregnancy symptoms. Some women have -- more severely than others. And some women go through -- and -- -- minor nuisance to someone go through it and that the major distraction in their lives since since you don't know if you know how what you're -- -- daylight isn't getting prepared you have some treatment slips right. Let's go through the first one which has been part of -- -- -- is still a lot of doctors still recommend it. For the right patient -- -- there that's right. And exactly you know years ago we thought home hormone replacement the answer to all of the bad things that happened to women after an apartment cardiovascular health is declining and all that and then found with and that it is dangerous and act but in women whose menopause symptoms are very severe and really interfering with their lives their careers and -- life. You can do -- for short period of time in your doctor will recommend the lowest possible dose. -- controlling symptoms and his seat used in certain patients like you said. For a very short period of time so you start with the lowest dose and see if that helps and then perhaps ratcheted up from there -- -- Gelman you know incremental right that's right and what percentage of women going through menopause as do you think. Art good candidates for -- on there. A large percentage are because the ones who aren't would be women who are you know had a history of cancer or you don't -- much I you know high risk of getting breast cancer uterine cancer -- probably. 60s70%. Of that the thing that all of those women need. Right see you really -- only wanna do this if your symptoms war disabling Tia that's for this so this is for the worst that's right -- that okay great now. And since then this can help. Right and not just with that accompanying depression and mood -- but they have been shown to help with the hot flashes especially with -- often when they complain about the most analysis -- by the doctors found after -- well what probably happens that they were -- them for the emotional right you know upset of it and found at the women wearing you know experiencing -- -- -- in their hot -- as well -- if it works for some people -- quantity and tell -- about this Guy -- is -- good old drug but a very good drug for blood pressure control. And it was fountains and because of the way it. -- -- blood pressure also can kind of deep freeze those those hot flashes it won't decrease the other symptoms but it has been. Not a 100% effective but. Moderately effective in controlling. The -- that's more for women have moderate symptoms. Or -- beam. And it can't suspect and that's what you can deal with that fell it would be for someone who wants to try. You know some drug but -- doesn't -- on anti depressant and doesn't want hormone replacement therapy but Monaghan on medications have -- and right and then of course changing your diet and your lifestyle tell us what. What kind of lifestyle should we -- what diet -- me to reduce that read about -- then -- -- people swear by increased -- increase flax seed. Black coal ash on. Herbal remedies none of these have been proven but anecdotally they have helped when it. So it's probably worth a shot if your symptoms aren't you know troubling him. But the best I wrote about the -- -- that and the best advice I got was when people. You know sent back to -- which was when -- they went through what they gave themselves a break. You know they didn't. They stayed away from triggers like spicy foods in crowded parties they said no you know usually only last for one to two years. Which is a long time but it's a time that maybe just needs take a little bit better care of yourself acknowledge that you're going through something that you need to. You know did you -- -- -- how little -- -- to -- yoga as a great deal relaxation techniques have been shown to decrease the hot flashes right and help with the insomnia. And again -- last. A lot of women just need to except it. And anyone take that easy a little bit if they cannot actually you know as a woman it's almost a -- take it easy but if you can start to -- -- a little bit more than -- used to too. Social events and obligations the panel has -- -- -- it like it's not one size fits all when it comes to room. -- -- rates and don't you know when you're reading these things accounts so horrible so scary but don't. You anticipate the worst just. Know what you're -- you -- have options and He you know that -- -- and yours and from bothering about the lottery thank you so much for all of that.

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