Gynecology is undoubtedly one of the most important medical specialties for a woman no matter what her age is. However, based on our recent publication on gynecology and the first menstrual period, we have decided to solve some frequent doubts that they can present in women who are in the throes of menopause.
Should you only visit the gynecologist when there is a problem?
That is a very bad belief in terms of female health. We should not wait to have heavy bleeding, anemia, sexual problems or difficulty achieving a pregnancy to go to the doctor. On the contrary, regular visits such as the annual check-up allow us to identify these problems even before they occur. It is also advisable to visit a doctor to discuss contraception, infections, STDs, thyroid, pressure, sugar, or other issues related to women’s health.
And adult women, should they also be checked annually?
An older woman often visits the gynecologist as her only doctor. So, she must make sure to have a mammogram regularly and, of course, a Pap smear every 3 years as long as her result is normal.
There are women who when they reach a certain age experience changes in their period. Many, for example, bleed in a hemorrhagic way. Why does this happen and what can be done?
This is a complicated issue because there can be many reasons. But it is mainly due to the fact that the ovaries begin to fail and stop producing hormones, which generates changes in the endometrium and thus alters the menstrual cycle, its periodicity and duration. There are even cases in which you can menstruate every 2 weeks, 2 months or bleed for 10 days because there is no longer the same control as before. This also leads to other symptoms such as hot flashes, change of temperament, insomnia and others.
This is a normal and regular process that comes with age. It does not mean a disease but there are certain tools that can be used to help avoid making these changes too dramatic, such as the supply of hormones.
What can a woman who is going through menopause and does not lubricate naturally do to make intercourse easier?
This problem is also due to the lack of hormones. There are several tools that can help you, at this time, such as the supply of hormones or other methods such as applying a little olive or coconut oil inside the vulva every night before sleeping. Also in pharmacies, you can find silicone-based lubricating products that can be used. The options are many more and it depends on the preference of each woman.
Are hormones related to cancer?
There are many women who have this fear but the truth is “No”. Hormones can be supplied in small pills that are located inside the vagina so their effect is totally local.
What can a woman do who has lost her sexual desire?
In the United States, there are 2 medicines for these cases. One is for women after menopause but it has not been very successful and the other is relatively new and consists of an injection that must be given half an hour before having sex but it can be quite inconvenient due to the difficulty of application. It is expensive and has side effects such as nausea. Neither has enough information available.
There are other options based on the testosterone application but they have not been approved for use in the country, so they are not recommended.
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