Menopause Information & Services
Average age of a women’s last period is age 51 years old.
Some women go through menopause earlier
- smoking can lead to early menopause
- surgery including a hysterectomy (removal of uterus) but leaving the ovaries can lead to earlier menopause. Over time ovaries make less Estrogen leading to menopausal sx.
- surgery including oophorectomy (removal of ovaries) you will go through menopause immediately.
Over time less estrogen will cause various sx such as the following:
- irregular periods-anywhere from heavier bleeding, periods closer together, periods lasting longer, spotting, etc.
- hot flashes- which can last from 30secs to 10mins
- problems with the vagina and bladder- loss of estrogen can cause the genital area to get drier and thin, and sexual intercourse may become more uncomfortable along with more vaginal and urinary infections.
- sleep issues
- lowers libido (sex drive)
- may have mood changes
- may gain weight through loosing muscle and gaining fat
- Osteoporsis- Estrogen helps control bone loss, and due to decrease in Estrogen you will see a decrease in bone loss more than that replaced.
- Ask for a bone density test at Menopause due to the greatest impact at this time.
- Heart Disease- due to a weight gain you may see the following issue increase in blood pressure and more risk of heart disease and stroke.
Need to have your cholesterol and fasting blood glucose checked.
How to stay Healthy through Menopause and after:
- don’t smoke
- eat a healthy diet
- make sure you get enough calcium and vitamin D.
- do weight bearing exercises such as walking
- Take medicine especially if you have health problems like high blood pressure, high cholesterol and osteoporosis
- treat vaginal dryness
- get regular exams including pelvic, breast and mammograms (or thermograms)
- get a colonoscopy