Menopause- Physical Changes And Health Hazards

By: Dr.Scott Pendergraft

Every woman goes through the phase of postmenopause, which refers to the years that follow menopause. Good news is after menopause most of the troubling conditions that result due to menopause are substantially decreased. But what follows is aging and several other health risks that result from dropped estrogen levels. We are going to provide you a detailed analysis of what physical changes and health hazards you can face postmenopause.
How Will I Know When I Am Postmenopausal?
Medically a woman is considered to be postmenopausal when she has not had her periods for a year. But sometimes induced postmenopausal because of drugs or chemotherapy can be confusing. The best option to find out is to get FHS (follicle stimulating hormone) checked by your doctor. As your ovaries begin to shut down the level of FHS rises dramatically. This rise can be easily diagnosed with a blood test.
What Physical Changes Can I Expect During Postmenopause?
Once you are through your menopause cycle and enter postmenopausal condition you will regain your physical energy but get prone to certain health conditions like heart diseases and osteoporosis.
Menopause experience is different for every woman. Most women when going through natural menopause don’t experience any sort of serious physical change except irregular menstrual periods that eventually stop. Other physical changes that follow include:
• Hot flashes
• Disturbed sleeps
• Mood swings
• Vaginal dryness
• Weight gain
While most of these conditions are resulted due to hormonal changes, hot flashes and mood swings tend to get away on their own after menopause.
Making changes to the lifestyle and taking help of medication during menopause can prevent most of these symptoms and reduce the associated health risks. As mentioned before health risks for every woman is different, you should consult your doctor to understand individual risk.
What is the health hazards associated with menopause?
Menopause is accompanied with many hormonal changes that make body susceptible to high health risks. Some major health hazards associated with menopause are:
• Pelvic Organ Prolapse-results in weakening of muscles causing the bladder, vagina, uterus or rectum to shag downward

• Liver Disease-dropped level of estrogen after menopause cause liver deterioration
• Autoimmune Disorders-again estrogen level change in body can cause excess inflammation giving rise to auto immune diseases like multiple sclerosis, lupus, or rheumatoid arthritis
• Dry Eye-disturbed testosterone levels can cause problem with the meibomian glands that maintains the oily layer in eyes to keep it moist
• Hearing Loss-everyone faces a decline in hearing with aging but according to Dr. Kevin Ohlemiller, women are more prone to hearing loss after menopause
How Often Do I Need to See My Doctor in Postmenopause?
Depending on your health history, only your doctor can decide how often you should see him. Even after menopause some important regular checkups like pelvic exams, breast exams, mammograms and Pap smears need to be continued.
There is no reason to stress or panic after menopause. It is a natural occurrence and all it takes is lifestyle changes and regular health checkups to manage its symptoms.

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Dr. James S. Pendergraft opened the Orlando Women's Center in March 1996 to provide a full range of health care for women.

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