When people talk about menopause, they usually just bring up hot flashes and mood swings. However, the changing hormones associated with menopause cause many other problems, and some women do not realize that their issues are a treatable symptom of menopause. Though most people do not talk about all their symptoms, menopause can result in these health issues.
Many women experience a sudden drop in libido. Hormone replacement therapy can provide some help, but you also need to communicate with your partner. Try to have more date nights where you can focus on each other and discuss ways to improve intimacy.
Menopause causes the metabolism to slow, so many women gain weight, especially around the abdomen and hip areas. Unfortunately, no medication can fix this issue. Women who do not want to gain weight may need to decrease the number of calories they consume and increase their exercise levels.
The low estrogen levels of menopause can make the vagina so dry that all sex is uncomfortable, regardless of how high the woman’s libido is. Estrogen supplementation can help with vaginal dryness, but many women need to supplement with a lubricant during sex.
As estrogen declines, levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol tend to rise. This results in a higher risk of blocked arteries that may cause heart attacks and strokes. To help your heart stay healthy, you should limit the number of saturated fats and sugars in your diet, eat more whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins, stop smoking, and exercise often. You can also talk to your doctor about cholesterol-lowering medications.
Other Unique Problems
Each woman is different, so there are plenty of things she may experience even if they are not extremely common menopause symptoms. It is possible for menopause to cause sleep problems, thinning hair, reduced bone density, higher heart disease risks, urinary incontinence, or dry skin. Hormonal therapy can help with some of these issues, but others may require more specialized treatments.
As you can, there is a wide range of problems associated with menopause. Since most of them are treatable, you should take a trip to the doctor if you notice any unusual symptoms while undergoing menopause. By bringing awareness to the many difficulties of menopause, it is possible for more women to seek treatment.