In Australia, women are often well-educated and receive information on basic reproductive health including, when they commence their periods and sexual health education.
However, menopause is not often discussed and there is nothing to prepare women for this massive change in their life. Especially when this change has a massive impact on their overall health, quality of life, sexual health, and relationships.
Most Australian women experience menopause between 45 and 60 years of age. The average age of menopause is 51 years.
Quick Refresher – What is Menopause?
Menopause is the time that marks the end of a woman’s menstrual cycles. It’s diagnosed after a woman has gone one year without a menstrual period. Most Australian women experience menopause between 45 and 60 years of age. The average age of menopause is 51 years.
Menopause and women’s health
It isn’t widely known, but women are better protected than men against a wide range of health problems including dementia, heart disease, and osteoporosis until menopause, and then at the onset of menopause this advantageous protection is lost.
On top of this, we have denied women the use of life-changing HRT (hormone-replacement therapy) as a choice due to negative media, and badly assessed data from studies done over 20 yrs ago. As a result, still today, many women regard HRT as causing a variety of health problems, including cancer.
Lotus Medics perform Tailored Assessments and education about the risks and benefits of treatment of HRT (hormone-replacement therapy). This helps women make informed choices. We are able to offer customised treatment solutions to women in menopause to improve their overall physical and mental health and also sexual health.
A thorough assessment of any female sexual dysfunction helps assess complex psychosocial issues and helps correct this, thus helping to restore their relationships.
What treatment options are there for menopause?
Treatments for menopause and sexual dysfunction management involve medication (HRT), non-HRT alternatives, diet, lifestyle changes, and education. Dr Sachin Kotasthane is also a member of the Australasian Menopause Society, which aims to educate women on menopause and HRT.