Menopause Home > Treating Menopause With Vivelle-Dot and Giving It to Younger Women
Menopause is a normal change in a woman's life when she stops having her period. Technically, a woman has reached menopause when she has not had a period for 12 months in a row and there are no other causes for this change. Menopause symptoms include:
- Changes in your period, including abnormal bleeding or "spotting"
- Vaginal changes, such as dryness or irritation
- Hot flashes (sometimes known as hot flushes)
- Night sweats and sleeping problems (including insomnia)
- Urinary problems
- Problems with concentration or memory
- Less interest in sex and changes in sexual response
- Thinning and weakening of your bones
- Mood changes
- Weight gain or increase in body fat around your waist
- Hair thinning or loss.
For some women, these symptoms are quite severe, and some form of menopause relief may be necessary. This may include medications, natural menopause relief remedies, or non-medical ways to deal with the symptoms.
For menopause treatment, Vivelle-Dot should be used at the lowest effective dose for the shortest period necessary.
Sometimes, younger women do not produce enough estrogen. This can happen for a variety of reasons. In some cases, the ovaries simply stop working too soon, for unknown reasons. In other instances, certain medications (such as chemotherapy) have affected the ability of the ovaries to function properly. Some women have had their ovaries surgically removed. Or, perhaps, the ovaries never started working properly in the first place (which results in delayed or absent puberty). In all of these situations, Vivelle-Dot can be used as a substitute for the estrogen that the ovaries cannot produce.