Menopause can be a confusing time for some women. It can bring with it health issues that you never had before, or exacerbate the ones you already had. Sometimes, it can seem silly to go to the doctor for something that’s completely normal and you’re too embarrassed to talk about. But the truth is, there are things your doctor can do and advise to make the transition a lot easier for you.
If You Don’t Ask You Won’t Know
Why would you make yourself suffer from worry about whether your feelings and symptoms are normal or not? If you never ask your doctor about a symptom or issue, you’ll never know if it can be controlled or not. You deserve to know all of your options.
It Is Natural but You Should Ask Anyway
The truth is that many people don’t ask their doctor about menopause because they’ve been told it’s all natural to “suck it up buttercup”. But even if something is normal and natural, it doesn’t always mean it’s pleasant and doesn’t mean you can’t do something to help with the more unpleasant aspects.
It’s Good to Get a Check-Up
After menopause women are more likely to suffer from high cholesterol, heart disease, osteoporosis, and other health issues. Just because you don’t have a period anymore doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still get regular check-ups to ensure that you don’t have any of these conditions.
Every Symptom May Not Be Menopause
There are some symptoms that you may blame on menopause which are really signs of cancer or something else. If you have swelling and pain in your abdomen, for example, this can be a sign of ovarian cancer. Therefore, you want to talk with your doctor about your symptoms to be sure that they really are menopausal and not something else.
Some Symptoms Can Be Helped
Such things as vaginal dryness, mood swings, urinary problems, hot flashes, and even loss of sex drive can be and are often associated with menopause. They are “natural”, but that doesn’t mean you should give up your sex life and feel emotionally unbalanced. Your doctor knows about both natural and medical ways to help relieve these symptoms.
Take Back Your Power
One reason women are often scared of talking to their doctor is that they have a bad doctor. If you do go to your doctor with your issues and they brush them off as menopausal without doing any tests, it’s best to find a new doctor. A good doctor will conduct the right tests and then give you potential solutions, both natural and medical, that will help you transition well.
Doctors aren’t an enemy to natural solutions to a natural problem. But medical interventions are not an enemy either. There was a time that most medical interventions were considered witchcraft, but don’t fall for the idea that all medical intervention is bad. Don’t be embarrassed to talk to your doctor about your life and your body; that’s what they’re there for. If they’re not helpful, find a new doctor.