Patients who have early menopause often struggle with fertility, even with intervention. Couples are often left with a small chance of conception. The symptoms of menopause can also bother women for decades. Even after menopause, the symptoms of menopause can last for years after a woman had their last period.
The conventional medical treatments are found to be not enough for many patients who experience early menopause and patients that deal with lingering symptoms from menopause. Stem cell therapy could help reverse early menopause, as well as help patients deal with the symptoms of menopause.
What Is Menopause
Menopause is generally defined when a patient does not have any menstrual bleeding for more than one year. Once a woman goes through menopause, she cannot conceive a child naturally. Women typically first develop symptoms about four years before their last period.
A small percentage of women may experience symptoms more than a decade before their last period. Menopause symptoms do not always go away after a patient has their last period. Some women experience symptoms for more than 12 years after they have their last period.
- Hot Flashes : Hot flashes are one of the most well known symptoms of menopause. This symptom generally occurs randomly where a patient will experience intense heat and last about four minutes. It is not known exactly what causes hot flashes, but triggers, such as alcohol, can increase the frequency of the symptom.
- Irregular Periods : Women who are showing signs of menopause begin to experience irregular periods. Patients can have lighter or heavier periods than normal. They may experience months where they do not have their period or have late periods that month.
- Other Symptoms : There is a wide variety of other symptoms that women experience when going through menopause. Patients report difficulty sleeping, mood changes, weight gain, depression, thinning hair, vaginal dryness, and many more.
Whilst about 1% of women will go through menopause before the age of 40, another 5% of women will go through menopause between the ages of 41 and 45. When menopause occurs in patients this young, it is known as early menopause.
There are a number of reasons why a patient would experience early menopause. Genetics, lifestyle choices, chemotherapy, physical trauma, or something else could lead to early menopause. Whatever the reason, early menopause can greatly affect the chances of fertility and quality of life of a patient.
Delaying Menopause With Stem Cells
A study was conducted by researchers involving patients who were suffering from early menopause. A group of women with premature ovarian failure were given stem cell injections directly into their ovaries. These group of women were then evaluated over the course of six months. The results were better than researchers could have hoped for. Within six months, all of the women began having their periods again. In addition the stem cell treatment also reversed all of the typical menopause symptoms that patients were experiencing. Women who received stem cell therapy had increased oestrogen levels, and symptoms from hot flashes and insomnia decreased.
Women who are experiencing symptoms well after their last period could use stem cell therapy to treat their menopause symptoms.
All our stem cell therapy are personalised and therefore it usual for our specialist to request blood tests and/or other appropriate investigations prior to you receiving treatment.