Animal experiments have shown that physical activity in combination with restrictive diet prevents the development of metabolic syndrome induced by high caloric diet in association with estrogen deficiency or artificial menopause
And some treatments, particularly drugs such as tamoxifen, may cause an artificial menopause
The 35-year-old, from Dundee, had been told that, because she was suffering from the painful condition, endometriosis, she would have to go through an artificial menopause
to become pregnant through IVF treatment.
If menopause is seen as a natural stage of biological development, however, hormone therapy will be seen as medication useful only for those most seriously affected (that is, those who have had an artificial menopause
, those at serious risk of osteoporosis, and those few women who suffer from intolerable hot flashes).
If treatment is required there are two main options - medicines which shrink fibroids by bringing on an artificial menopause
, and surgery - either to remove the fibroid (myomectomy) or the whole womb (hysterectomy).