During menopause, the visits to gynaecologist may be more frequent because you may feel you have more questions, concerns or notice more changes in your body, so you feel the need to check it up with an expert.
If this is the case, you are right to feel this way but do not worry; you are not the only one!
The question of how frequently you should pay a visit to the gynaecologist is already tricky when you are 20 or 30. Hence, with age, each women experiences ageing, and eventually menopause, differently.
In any case, due to the many changes during menopause, gynaecologist visits are necessary but the frequency of depends entirely on how your body feels.
Your body changes during menopause
To give you a bit of rational why regular visits to the gynaecologist are recommended here are few explanations of what happens to female body.
The menopause is marked at the point at which the ovaries stop functioning and periods end. This particular process could be accompanied by specific physiological changes where periods can come and go and it may take up to 6 months or more until it stabilizes and eventually stops for real. Due to irregular periods, women need to be careful in intimate relationships because it does not mean that irregular periods means – free sex.
Cycles disorders can be accompanied by hot flashes, weight gain or vaginal dryness.
Keep seeing your gynaecologist to monitor your menopause
To regulate this change in women’s body safely and under medical control, regular gynaecological check-ups are vital. Check-ups provide a full clinical examination, the prescription of any treatments and testing for gynaecological and breast diseases or anomalies.
If the change is smooth, it is recommended to visit at least once a year but more often if women feel their body changes persist.
It is important to mention that we do not recommend self advised treatments.
Menopause occurs on average around the age of 50(1). It is also accompanied by physical changes (hot flashes, vaginal dryness) bodily changes (weight gain, shifts in body shape) and/or psychological changes (mood swings, trouble sleeping).
Up to 80% of women experienced hot flashes(2) which are the main reason for the introduction of hormonal replacement therapy, in the absence of contraindications.
Hormonal replacement therapy should only be used in alignment with your doctor.
If menopause occurs before the age of 40, it is called Premature Ovarian Failure(3) that is not a physiological situation and requires specific management.
KEY FACTS TO REMEMBER
● On average, periods may end around age of 51.
● Control with gynaecologist because entry to menopause does not mean free sex
TIPS TO FOLLOW
● Gynaecological check – once a year or more often if more complex.
● Strongly reccomended to ask for full clinical examination, the prescription of any eventual treatments and testing for gynaecological and breast diseases or anomalies.
1. Leridon H. Démographie de la ménopause. Quelques données. Gynécologie internationale 1997;6(10):330-1
2. Woods NF, Mitchell ES. Symptoms during the perimenopause: prevalence, severity, trajectory and significance in women’s lives. Am J Med 2005; 118:14-24.
3. Management of women with premature ovarian insufficiency. Guideline of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology. December 2015.