Are you in your early 40s or 50s and experiencing hot flashes with frequent headaches and mood swings? Don’t panic, it could be the symptoms of menopause and don’t think it’s a kind of disease. The reason why many women think it’s an illness because it has many variations from one woman to another.
It might not be an easy task to combat menopause, but it has definitive treatment and various therapies to treat each symptom emotionally and physically. When you notice some changes in your body make sure you visit a doctor and identify what’s happening and why? It’s necessary to understand your body condition at the initial stage to avoid further complications.
Why is medical advice important?
Your medical advisor can help you with a certain prescription that’s highly beneficial to maintain the blood and bone health during a menopausal phase. If you’re perimenopausal or post-menopausal women visit your health care expert for a physical exam, which includes mammogram, breast exam, and pelvic exam.
If anything wrong is indicated in the medical exam reports, make sure you learn the risk factors associated with that disease and take necessary steps to lessen the risk factors. Make necessary changes such as, change in diet, switch to healthy food habits, physical activity, and reduce the alcohol intake.
1. Loss of bone density
Many health experts say that rapid loss in bone density is common during the perimenopausal phase. Some women in their mid-20s and early 30s might reach the peak of bone density and on an average; there will be 0.15% bone loss every year.
Nearly, 3-4% bone loss accelerates per year in perimenopause and later it might drop back to 2-3 % bone loss. Generally, no women experience pain when there’s a bone loss, but bone loss leads to osteoporosis. The condition that could increase the bone fractures risk and results in intense pain.
Osteoporosis can’t be diagnosed using normal medical test or on based upon the general symptoms. There are certain circumstances that your doctor might recommend to measure the bone density, such as DEXA scan (dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry). This test gives the calculation of bone mineral density and also provides the comparison of the average value that’s standard.
2. Cardiovascular disease
During menopause, there could be a possibility of a decrease in your estrogen levels and increase in cardiovascular disease. Heart disease is said to be the leading cause of death in men and women. It’s important to follow a regular physical activity, maintain healthy diet and weight. Make sure to ask your doctor about the risk factors and ways to protect your heart.
3. Body weight
During the menopause transition, women gain weight because there might be slow down in metabolism. Watch out for your weight and maintain the current weight by performing a more physical activity and reduce the intake of junk foods.
4. Sexual intercourse
There could be possible of discomfort while sexual intercourse due to lack of moist production and elasticity, which leads to vaginal dryness and this might decrease the sexual desire. Help yourself to choose vaginal lubricants and moisturizers that don’t contain glycerin. This is to avoid irritation and burning sensation at the time of intercourse.
Right step at the right time
Some of the symptoms need treatments, so make sure you talk to the doctor and receive the best tips to manage the menopause. Seek medical advice from the doctor who knows your family medical history and as well as yours. The proper treatment can effectively help your body to combat the bone density.