What Your Doc­tor Can Do

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She can rec­om­mend hor­mone re­place­ment ther­apy (HRT), which tops up wan­ing lev­els of oe­stro­gen and pro­ges­terone. Some­one go­ing through early menopause should be on HRT un­til she turns 50 – the age at which nat­u­ral menopause would oc­cur – as it helps to stave off choles­terol is­sues which can cause heart disease, ex­plains Dr Chua.

Be­sides HRT, your doc­tor can put you on an ul­tra-low dose of birth con­trol-type pills, or top­i­cal hor­monal treat­ment, to give you the hor­mones you need. “What you get de­pends on your med­i­cal his­tory, body mass in­dex, smok­ing his­tory and whether your uterus is in­tact,” adds Dr Loi.

She fur­ther points out that HRT not only eases early-menopause symp­toms like mood swings, it pro­tects against the early on­set of os­teo­poro­sis (brit­tle bone disease) too. Dr Loi also rec­om­mends cal­cium sup­ple­ments to strengthen the bones.

Dr Chua agrees. “Women start to lose bone mass from the time they

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