The menopause is a natural phase for women during which the body's hormone balance changes. Worldwide, an estimated 25 million women enter this phase of life every year.
During the “change of life” (menopause) the ovaries increasingly produce less sex hormones as a result of the natural ageing process and related hormonal adjustments. The menopause is therefore a physiological adjustment process and not an illness. Women typically go through the menopause between their late forties and mid-fifties. Worldwide, an estimated 25 million women enter this phase of life every year. However, the way they experience the symptoms and complaints related to the menopause varies considerably.
A wide range of symptoms
The decline in hormone production can lead to various symptoms which, in some cases, can have a very adverse effect on a menopausal woman's quality of life. It is estimated that around one third of women experience no problems, one third have average menopausal symptoms, and one third suffer severe complaints.
Women affected suffer from hot flashes and night-time sweating. Many also experience other symptoms such as insomnia, loss of energy and libido, mood swings or irritability. The reduced estrogen production can also lead to vaginal dryness, a weak bladder or pain during sexual intercourse.
Menopausal hormone therapy as a potential solution
As a general rule, women affected should monitor their weight, make sure they get regular exercise, stop smoking, and avoid excessive alcohol consumption. But a healthy lifestyle is not everything. A holistic therapy can also involve customized medication, for example a menopausal (hormone) therapy that suits a woman's individual needs. Bayer offers such products that may be of benefit for these women. It is important for doctors and patients to discuss all available treatment options to ensure the patient receives the best medication for her.
Advice for patients
Each body reacts differently to medicines. Therefore it is impossible to tell which medicine works best for you. Please consult your physician.