There are many hormonal changes that occur at menopause and the years that precede this stage. These changes might result in a variety of symptoms of which their severity may range for each individual. Some women may not experience these symptoms while, for others, it may create a major impact on their lives. Here is a list of some of the health concerns every woman should look out for.
This is a condition in which the bones become brittle and very weak. The first sign that you may be experiencing osteoporosis is a bone that cracks. Estrogen is an essential hormone used in building knee bone since the bone is constantly shedding its old bone and building new ones. During menopause, there is a decrease in estrogen which puts older women at risk of developing osteoporosis. The areas mostly affected are the hip bone, wrists and spine. Such bone breakage may render an individual incapable of taking care of herself. Lots of exercises and supplementing your diet with vitamins from an early age are recommended to make the bone structure stronger and thus reduce the risk of osteoporosis during menopause.
For women over the age of 50, cardiovascular disease is on of the leading killers during menopause, the estrogen levels are significantly reduced and this is believed to increase the risk of heart diseases. This is because the reduced estrogen levels cause biochemical changes in the blood. In this instance, women at risk are advised to take hormone therapy simply as a preventive measure to reduce the risk of a stroke or a heart attack.
For women in the menopausal stage, there may arise problems associated with their urinary system. Such problems, though not exclusively associated with menopause, my include urine leakage and frequent urinary tract infections. Women may have problems controlling their urine especially as they grow older. Luckily, urine incontinence are treatable and should not be ignored but instead, seek medical advice from your medical service provider.
Menopause my cause changes to a woman’s body making harder for her to cope with psychological problems that may arise during the menopausal period or those that ere already existing. This has created the misconception that depression and anxiety is inevitable during menopause though studies indicate that there is a higher likelihood for younger women who are still menstruating to suffer from anxiety and depression.
Vaginal dryness and loss of libido
The lack of estrogen or reduction of it causes the vaginal walls to become thinner and dryer. This may result in pain during penetration for most women. This however does not affect all women. Loss of libido is however an almost universal sign. It is well known that the sex drive declines over the years as we move from our adolescent years. An additional dip however can be experienced during menopause and it may have profound consequence.