Menopause is a time in a Women’s life that marks the end of her menstrual cycles. It's diagnosed after she has gone 12 months without a menstrual period. Menopause can happen in the age of 40s or 50s, but the average age is 46 years in India. Menopause is a transition of life and not a disease. Every woman should welcome these changes with an optimistic attitude. Certainly, menopause is a natural biological event, but many women do respond differently and may need intervention by a health care provider to help optimize the quality of her life. Symptoms associated with menopause include irregular menstruation, hot flushes, dry eyes, sleep disorders, fatigue, weight gain, muscle pain, bone loss, frequent urination, mood changes, vaginal dryness, loss of libido, etc.
These disturbances are mainly due to the decreased levels of hormones in the body. Although menopause is a physiological condition related to the age of the women, sometimes there might be early menopause due to premature ovarian failure, family history, stress, and surgical conditions like hysterectomy, chemotherapy or radiotherapy.
Menopause can be classified as Jara Janya Vyadhi (i.e. diseases due to old age) in Ayurveda. It is a condition of vitiated Vata in the body and the symptoms arising are also due to this vitiated Vata. Ayurveda explains Rasayana therapy for the management of these types of conditions. Rasayana therapy is a type of rejuvenating therapy that gives strength to all the Dhatus of the body, and nourishes the body tissues at the microcellular level. Rasayana therapy prevents the effect of aging and provides longevity, improves mental and intellectual competence and accelerates the potentiality of the body and its sense-organs. Rasayana drugs possess strong antioxidant activities. This activity is responsible for combating the effect of aging, stress, diabetes, and autoimmune diseases. A few of the Rasayana drugs that are useful in the menopause phase are Bala, Gokshura, Amalaki, Guduchi, Haritaki, Brahmi, Jatamansi, etc.
As menopausal symptoms are related to physical as well as emotional conditions of the body, only drugs are not enough for its management. Along with the drug therapy, a woman should also be encouraged to get involved in practicing meditation, walking, regular exercise and to get social with the people around her. Counselling and emotional support play a key role in improving the conditions of menopausal symptoms. One must always remember that emotional wellbeing is as important as physical wellbeing. Few talks of life, respect and a kind behaviour can make up a menopausal womens day.
If any woman is dealing with any such issues or just wants to come up for a counselling session, feel free to contact us. We are available for your service at AVPRF specialty clinic GOTRA.
Dr. Jalpa Gandhi
Gynec. and Obs. Consultant, AVPRF