What Your Doctor Can Do
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