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Health risks during menopause head to toeWhy should I be concerned about menopause?


All women will face menopause at some point in their lives. It might occur naturally, or you may find yourself thrown into early menopause as a result of surgery or a health concern. So if menopause is inevitable, why should you be concerned about it? For several reasons actually!

The lack of estrogen during menopause negatively impacts your overall health, besides causing annoying menopause symptoms like hot flashes. The sooner it occurs, the more health risks you may experience and over a longer period of time.

Below are some of the ways that menopause affects women the top of the head to the bottom of their feet.

Head

During menopause, you can loose more hair and sleep, and you can also develop some serious health issues. The lack of estrogen can lead to depression, anxiety, brain fog, and mood swings. You can lose your ability to concentrate and focus well. Early menopause can also put you at risk for Alzheimer’s disease, periodontal and teeth issues, and eye issues.

Heart

Menopause brings with it an increased risk for heart disease, more so if you are younger and entering menopause early. Since heart disease is the number one killer of women, this poses a serious concern for women in menopause and can decrease your life expectancy.

Bones

Estrogen plays a role in having healthy bones. When your estrogen levels drop, your bones can become weaker and more brittle. The end results can be breaks, fractures, aches, and pains. You may also become shorter and develop osteoporosis.

Stomach

Menopause can lead to some weight gain in the tummy area, which can affect how you feel about yourself and increase your risks for heart disease. Hormones play a role in digestion, so during menopause you can experience some digestion problems, too. These can include bloating, constipation, and gas.

Pelvic Floor

Without enough estrogen, you can experience urological and bladder concerns, including urinary frequency and urgency, incontinence, and urinary tract infections. Your pelvic floor can become weak, you can experience prolapse symptoms, and the vaginal tissues can become dry and less elastic. The end result can be painful intercourse, infections, discomfort, and a shortened vagina.

Skin

Your skin needs estrogen to be healthy, too. Without it, the skin can become dry, itchy, thin, and less elastic. It may not heal as well, burn more easily, and become more prone to trauma and infection. You can also experience more wrinkling and sagging in areas.

Although you may not be able to prevent menopause, you can decrease its impact on your health and quality of life. Being aware of how your body will be affected can let you be proactive with symptoms. You'll be able to take steps to prevent and minimize how much you'll be affected by menopause. You may also be able to prevent early menopause by making health and surgical decisions that preserve your ovaries or restore estrogen.


This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

03-26-2016 - 03:46 PM


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