Most women will go through menopause at some point in their lives. The change in function of the ovaries is generally natural. Menopause usually occurs between the ages of 49 and 52, but some women will experience menopause before the age of 45. When that happens, the condition is known as early menopause.
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.
Conventional medical treatments are 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. Before we jump into how stem cells can help, let’s discuss menopause to get a better understanding of the condition.
What Is Menopause?
Medical professionals generally define menopause when a patient does not have any menstrual bleeding for more than one year. Once a woman goes through menopause, they cannot conceive a child naturally. Women typically first develop symptoms about four years before their last period.
A small percentage of women experience symptoms more than a decade before their last period. Menopause symptoms do not always go away after a patient has their last period. 1 in 10 women experience symptoms for more than 12 years after they have their last period. Symptoms vary from patient to patient, but here are some of the most common symptoms to keep a lookout for:
Hot flashes are one of the most well known symptoms of menopause. Around 75% of women experience hot flashes. This symptom generally occurs randomly where a patient will experience intense heat and last about four minutes. Researchers do not understand exactly what causes hot flashes, but triggers, such as alcohol, can increase the frequency of the symptom.
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.
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 more.
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. Damaging the ovaries or low levels of estrogen can cause 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.
Even with treatment, the chances of having children are reduced by half. Women can seek out egg donors, but many women do not want to due to religious, cultural, ethnic, or monetary reasons. Patients who go through early menopause may feel ashamed that they are experiencing the symptoms while they are still young.
The medical community has developed treatments and therapies for patients who are suffering from intense menopause symptoms, as well as patients who are going through early menopause.
Current Treatment Methods For Menopause
There are a number of treatments that are currently available for women who experience menopause or early menopause.
Hormone Replacement Therapy
If a patient’s body is not producing enough estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), or luteinizing hormone (LH), hormone therapy is a potential treatment option. Receiving a low dose of estrogen in a pill form can relieve some of the symptoms of menopause. Hormone replacement therapy should only be received for a short period of time.
There have been studies that have shown that hormone replacement therapy can result in a greater chance of a patient developing breast cancer. Additionally, hormone replacement therapy can increase a patient’s chances of a heart attack or stroke. Many patients choose to avoid hormone replacement therapy due to these risks.
One of the most common recommendations that a medical professional will make is lifestyle changes. Regular exercise and yoga have reportedly helped many patients deal with some of the symptoms of menopause. A healthier diet should also help reduce one of the main symptoms of menopause, hot flashes.
The medical community needed to continue to look at alternative treatments for patients who do not respond to typical treatments. That is why researchers looked at stem cells as a potential treatment for symptoms of menopause and treatment of early menopause. Regenerative medicine has created new treatment options for various conditions and diseases and researchers are hopeful that stem cell therapy can do the same for menopause.
Stem Cell Therapy For Menopause
Stem cells have the potential to completely change how the medical community treats early menopause and lingering menopause symptoms. The ability of stem cells to repair damaged cells and replace dead cells is incredible. Additionally, stem cells have anti-inflammatory capabilities that can reduce inflammation at the target area.
Researchers are hopeful that stem cells can reduce the symptoms of menopause and reverse the effects of early menopause. Stem cell therapy has little to no risk of complications, especially if the stem cells are from the patient themselves. When dealing with such an important organ, it is imperative that the treatment is safe for all women. Stem cell therapy has been shown to be safe and effective for a variety of conditions and diseases.
For all of these reasons, researchers were extremely excited to test stem cell therapy on patients with menopause to see the potential therapeutic applications.
Delaying Menopause With Stem Cells
Researchers are hoping that patients with early menopause can use stem cells to delay menopause until they are older. One study looked at patients who were suffering from early menopause. The hope was that stem cells would repair the underlying problems that were causing early menopause.
The 33 women with premature ovarian failure were given stem cell injections directly into their ovaries. The 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.
This 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.
‘Golden cells’ are the new standard when it comes to stem cells. BioXcellerator uses an extremely strict set of criteria and processes to find the most potent stem cells. Only stem cells that meet the criteria are used in BioXcellerator stem cell treatments. Golden cells can be thought of as the 1% of stem cells. The attributes of golden cells should result in a more effective treatment for our patients. Our team believes that these stem cells will improve the chances of a successful therapy and recovery.
Reach out to your healthcare provider to learn more about potential treatment options for your menopause. Stem cell treatment could potentially reverse your early menopause or relive the lingering symptoms of menopause. Regenerative medicine will likely enable couples to have children who were unable to have children.