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Other Health Issues To Watch For During Menopause

Everyone knows that menopause is accompanied by hot flashes and osteoporosis, and often even medical practices focus on those symptoms to the exclusion of other, equally important menopausal health issues.

Vaginal Yeast Infections

As we age, our immune systems weaken. Menopause compounds this with changes in the pH of the vagina, making it less acidic so it is a more hospitable home for vaginal yeasts. In combination with the lack of menstruation, which regularly cleans out the vaginal area, and the possibility of age-related mobility impairments, vaginal yeast infections can become much more frequent and much more risky after menopause.

Sleep Disorders

Hot flashes during sleep are a major contributor to sleeplessness and the resulting mood swings, feelings of general fatigue and malaise, and so on, that many menopausal women experience. Hot flashes disrupting your sleep can become so severe as to constitute a major sleep disorder. Wearing lightweight, loose-fitting natural fibers to bed can help, since they breathe better and will allow you to dry and cool off more easily if you have a hot flash during the night. This will hopefully lessen the severity of the sleep disruption.

Urinary Problems

Menopause is often accompanied by a weakening of the pelvic floor muscles and other muscles in that general area. This can lead to stress incontinence, when a sudden movement of the torso - such as that caused by a cough, laugh, or sneeze - puts sharp pressure on the bladder sphincter and forces a small amount of urine through the weakened muscle. Urge incontinence, a type of incontinence where the bladder contracts and tries to empty itself before it is full, is also possible for some menopausal women.

Weight Gain

The metabolism changes and the body’s entire fat storage strategy shifts during menopause. Resources are no longer being periodically diverted to the uterus and consumed during the menstrual cycle, and body fat shifts from the hips and breasts to the belly. Along with a lowered metabolism, one of the effects of aging as well as menopause, these factors can cause noticeable weight gain and change in body configuration during and after menopause. It is important to keep this weight gain in check with exercise, to manage the risk of heart disease and also maintain bone density. This is one of the mort important things to do during menopause. Controlling this single symptom has lots of side benefits for other menopause effects!

 

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