Sample Health Care Paper on Menopause

Patho-Unit 8- Menopause

Assessment Data

There are a number of other assessment data that would substantiate the diagnosis of menopause. One would be if the patient has a family history of menopause occurring at an early age. Another would be if the patient has a personal history of medical conditions known to cause early menopause, such as cancer treatment or autoimmune diseases (El Hajj, 2020). Additionally, if the patient is experiencing other symptoms of menopause, such as vaginal dryness, sleep disturbances, or mood changes, this would also support the diagnosis.

In order to make a definitive diagnosis of menopause, however, a healthcare provider would likely order some additional testing. This could include a blood test to check for levels of the estrogen and progesterone hormones, which typically decline during menopause (Minkin, 2019). The provider may also order a pelvic exam to check for changes in the appearance of the vagina or uterus that are often associated with menopause.

Expected therapies for the patient

Several different therapies can be used to treat menopausal symptoms. One of the most common is hormone replacement therapy (HRT), which can help to replace the declining concentration of estrogen and progesterone in the body (Palacios, 2019). This can often help to alleviate symptoms like hot flashes and vaginal dryness. Other therapies that may be used to treat menopausal symptoms include lifestyle changes, such as increasing exercise and avoiding triggers like caffeine and alcohol.

Additionally, several over-the-counter and prescription medications can treat menopausal symptoms, such as sleep aids, antidepressants, and pain relievers. The specific type of therapy a patient receives will depend on several factors, including the severity of their symptoms, personal preferences, and overall health. Additionally, some women prefer natural therapies, such as herbal supplements, rather than medications.

 

 

Reference

El Hajj, A., Wardy, N., Haidar, S., Bourgi, D., Haddad, M. E., Chammas, D. E., … & Papazian, T. (2020). Menopausal symptoms, physical activity level and quality of life of women living in the Mediterranean region. PloS one15(3), e0230515.

Minkin, M. J. (2019). Menopause: hormones, lifestyle, and optimizing aging. Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinics46(3), 501-514.

Palacios, S., Stevenson, J. C., Schaudig, K., Lukasiewicz, M., & Graziottin, A. (2019). Hormone therapy for first-line management of menopausal symptoms: Practical recommendations. Women’s Health15, 1745506519864009.