Menopause: Symptoms and Long-term Health Risks

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Menopause is a natural stage in a woman’s life that signals the end of her reproductive years. The process occurs as the ovaries stop functioning and the body produces less estrogen. These biological changes cause unpleasant symptoms and long-term health problems.

What are the symptoms of menopause? older woman sad with weight on scale

Every woman experiences different symptoms as she goes through menopause, but there are several common results of biological changes during menopause. These health effects are caused by the decrease in hormones, but stress can make the symptoms more severe.

Menopause symptoms experienced by many women include:

Mood changes Skin changes Difficulty sleeping Hot flashes Night sweats Vaginal changes Changes in sex drive Urinary changes

What are the long-term health effects of menopause?

In addition to the short-term symptoms related to menopause, there are long-term health risks associated with menopause. The most common risks are an increased risk of osteoporosis and heart disease. The loss of estrogen contributes to decreasing bone density. Bones become more fragile and more likely to fracture. Postmenopausal females are also more likely to suffer from coronary artery disease. Estrogen helps maintain healthy levels of cholesterol in the blood, so the reduction of estrogen may increase the likelihood of coronary artery disease. Women also experience a number of changes in their health after menopause. Some of the long-term health changes are poor bladder function, poor skin elasticity, decrease in muscle power and tone, and weight gain. Every woman experiences a different combination of symptoms during menopause, but all women can relate to these health issues. Many women seek replacement therapies to look and feel better during this natural stage of life. Bioidentical hormones are a safe and reliable option to help women combat the uncomfortable symptoms associated with menopause. To learn more about Oz Preventive Medicine’s individualized treatment plans, Call (913) 766-2319 or (316) 247-4100.

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