A Psychiatrist, Dr Maymunah Kadiri, has called on the media to join hands with other stakeholders to sensitise women on ways to care for themselves when in menopause.
Kadiri, the Medical Director, Pinnacle Medical Services, also called for the inclusion of these change in women’s health in the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
She made the call on Tuesday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Pinnacle Medical Services is a health and wellness centre for psychological, behavioural and mental health-related issues.
According to her, a whopping 72 per cent of women with menopausal issues do not go for treatment because of fear of hormonal therapy.
“As the world’s population ages, it is projected that by the year 2025, there will be 1.1 billion postmenopausal women in the world, a huge proportion of society.
“It is about time that women in this stage of life receive the support they need to help them through a time that can often be an emotional and physical adjustment.
“This is the time the media should come in to sensitise women and organise advocacy programmes for them to plan ahead.
“Technological advances can go a long way in helping women alleviate some of the most difficult symptoms that come alongside their final menstruation stages,’’ Kadiri said.
According to her, the ovary of a woman at 50 stops secreting estrogen and progesterone and ovulation ends.
The psychiatrist said once a woman went without menstruating for a year, such woman was post-menopausal.
She explained that at 50 years, a woman usually became afraid of hormonal therapy and confused about the safety and effectiveness of other options of treatment.
The Pinnacle medical director added that when a woman approached middle age; she would begin to experience increased stress, anxiety and fear.
She said the experience could partially be attributed to physical changes such as decreasing levels of estrogen and progesterone.
She said these periods were times family members and friends should give their total support and care needed for the women to cope with life when the changes keep occurring.
Kadiri said that for some women, menopause might be a time of isolation or frustration.
The psychiatrist said that women who were in better physical shape before menopause would likely maintain reasonable body weights and reduce their risk of disease after the change.
She urged governments to ensure that the Primary Healthcare Centres and General Hospitals were accessible, affordable and readily available to meet the needs of indigent menopausal women.