Controversial Menopause Fix? The Truth About CBT!

Controversial Menopause Fix? The Truth About CBT!

Understanding Menopause and CBT: A New Perspective

Understanding Menopause and CBT: A New Perspective

Hello, I’m Dr. Sunny Dhesi of Vysana Life, and today, I want to share some controversial yet crucial insights into the world of menopause management. The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) recently recommended Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as a treatment for menopause symptoms like hot flushes, night sweats, and disrupted sleep. This recommendation has sparked a significant debate in the medical community.

The Controversy Around CBT for Menopause

CBT involves discussing mental and emotional issues and finding practical solutions. While millions of women experience menopause symptoms, the approach to treatment varies. NICE emphasizes personalised healthcare, considering each individual’s unique circumstances. However, not everyone agrees with this approach.

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) vs. CBT

Dr. Louise Newson, a menopause specialist, points out the limitations of CBT and emphasises the established benefits of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) in treating underlying hormone deficiencies. The controversy lies in the perception that NICE is promoting CBT as the sole treatment method, which isn’t the case. NICE advocates HRT as a primary choice for symptoms like hot flushes but not for mood or emotional changes.

A Holistic Approach to Menopause Management

As a healthcare practitioner, I believe in a holistic approach. CBT can be an effective treatment, but it should be an adjunct to other therapies like HRT. Not everyone can use HRT, so it’s crucial to consider all treatment options. Personalised care is key in addressing menopause symptoms effectively.

Beyond Menopause: Skincare and Wellness

Moving on from menopause, let’s talk about skincare concerns that many patients present with. Issues like skin wrinkling, especially in the lower face, crepey skin under the eyes, and volume loss are common. Skin boosters are an excellent treatment for these changes. They help with skin hydration, glow, and fine lines, especially when combined with treatments like radiofrequency.

The Vital Role of Blood Tests in Understanding Your Health

Blood tests are an invaluable tool in our medical arsenal, especially when it comes to personalized healthcare. They offer a window into the intricate workings of your body, revealing crucial information that can guide our treatment plans.

When should I have a blood test?

Many of you might wonder, “When should I have a blood test?” or “What can a blood test tell me about my health?” Let’s delve into these questions with some real-life scenarios. This time of year, many patients report recurrent coughs and colds, fatigue, and other persistent symptoms. These issues can be perplexing, often leading to a cycle of temporary relief followed by a return of symptoms. Blood tests can help unravel the mystery behind these recurring health challenges.

Hormone Levels and Menopause

For instance, in patients experiencing menopausal symptoms or those who have recently stopped hormone replacement therapy (HRT), blood tests can be particularly revealing. By examining estrogen and progesterone levels, we can determine if a patient is in the perimenopausal stage and tailor our approach accordingly. In some cases, reintroducing HRT at a later stage might be beneficial, especially when symptoms like hot flushes, irritability, weight gain, and joint pains resurface.

Identifying Allergies and Immune Responses

Blood tests also play a crucial role in identifying allergies and immune responses. For example, by analyzing immunoglobulin profiles, we can detect specific antibodies that indicate allergic reactions or other immune system issues. This was particularly evident in a case where a patient experienced frequent skin flare-ups, redness, and rosacea. Through blood testing, we discovered that these symptoms were linked to an allergen, not hormonal or immunity-related issues as initially suspected.

A Comprehensive Approach to Health

These examples underscore the importance of blood tests in providing a comprehensive understanding of your health. They are not just diagnostic tools but gateways to personalized treatment plans. Whether it’s hormonal imbalances, allergies, or immune system irregularities, blood tests can guide us in crafting a healthcare strategy that addresses your unique needs.

In conclusion, blood tests are more than just routine procedures; they are critical components of modern healthcare, offering insights that empower us to make informed decisions about our health and well-being.

Wrapping Up

In this week’s newsletter, we’ve explored the controversy around CBT for menopause management, discussed skincare solutions, and highlighted the importance of blood tests. Remember, healthcare is not one-size-fits-all. It’s about finding the right approach for each individual.

A New Era of Personalised Health Care

At Vysana, we’re not just about aesthetics; we’re about comprehensive health care. Our new private GP services, including virtual and face-to-face consultations, offer a deep dive into your health concerns, with a focus on preventative care and personalized solutions.

If you’re seeking more personalized advice or wish to book a private consultation, please reach out to us at information@vysana.com. You can also book through our website or call 01572 827085 Remember, this is a conversation, not a consultation. For medical advice, please book an appointment with me in the clinic

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