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Medicare Part D

 

How Your Body Changes During Menopause

Menopause is a change in the hormonal makeup of your body and the functioning of your reproductive systems, but it is also accompanied by many more obvious physical changes.

Calcium Levels

Estrogen, besides being a major sex hormone, controls the body’s use of calcium. Because of this, when menopause sets in the body begins to process lower and lower levels of calcium, leading to bone weakness and eventual osteoporosis if the effects are not controlled well. For a healthy menopause, it’s very important to be sure that the body has sufficient levels of vitamin D and calcium so that your bones maintain density.

Fat Metabolism

After menopause, the female body needs to store fat differently. Instead of storing it in the hips and breasts, where it can be used for fetus development and lactation, a woman’s body begins to store fat in the belly, a convenient default fat storage spot. There are competing theories about why this occurs. One theory holds that the body fat distribution helps to signal males that postmenopausal women are no longer fertile, to aid in mate selection. Another holds that there is simply no demand for fat from the reproductive regions any longer, so the fat lands in the belly area due to lack of competition. Whatever might be the case, the change in body proportions may be gradual, but it is very common, nearly universal, and can be quite striking.

Vaginal Changes

A woman’s vagina also changes after menopause. With the absence of estrogen to maintain it, the walls of the vagina become thinner and weaker, and their lubricating secretions can become watery or dry up altogether. The labia can shrink similarly, and the skin in the pubic area can become delicate or easily irritable. It is a good idea to use soft, non-irritating fabrics whenever possible so that the pubic area does not become chafed or itchy.

Urinary Complications

The vagina is not the only part of the pelvic area affected by menopause. Menopause is often accompanied by weakness in the pelvic floor, which among other things can cause various kinds of incontinence. It is not uncommon for women after menopause to experience stress-induced or urge incontinence, the first caused by sudden movements of the body and the second being a disorder of the bladder. The weakening of the pelvic floor gives the urnary system inadequate support, so its weakened muscles can collapse and allow urine to escape.

 

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