October 19, 2012

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Is Menopause Bad For Your Health?

Here is a promised summary of what really can happen to the body as a
result of menopause. This comes from the established scientific literature; so
do not shoot the messenger.

Above all, keep in mind that this is the totality of possibilities. Not
everything or anything happens to everybody.

The real menopause effects can be divided into early and late as
follows:

·       The true early
effects and potential symptoms

·       The late-presenting
problems

The following summary list of conditions associated with menopause is
the worst-case scenario – it is not
inevitable that all this will happen to one individual, and progress varies
over time.

SITE

PATHOLOGY

SYMPTOMS

Vulva/Vagina

Vaginal atrophy

Vaginitis (infections)

Itching, burning

Discharge      Painful intercourse

Uterus

Utero-vaginal prolapse

Dropping sensation

Difficult intercourse

Bladder/Urethra

Altered urethra

Infections

Stress incontinence

Overactive bladder

Urgency & frequency

 

   Skin

Atrophy

 

 

 

Androgen effect

 

Dry skin

Easily injured

Wrinkles

Decreased sensation

Acne

 

   Bodyweight

Hormonal effects

Less muscle

More fat

Increased weight

   Hair

 

Male pattern loss

Hair on face

Dryness

   Vision

Macular degeneration

Dry eye

Loss of vision

 

     Hearing

 

  
Impaired hearing

     Muscles

  
Reduced mass

  
Weakness

  
Less balance

     Joints

 

No known menopause effect

     Headache

 

Less migraine

     Skeleton (bone)

  
Increased       resorption and decreased
formation

Osteoporosis

Fractures – hip, spine

Backache

     Teeth

  
Jaw resorption

Tooth loss

Gingivitis

     Heart and Blood       vessels

  
Atherosclerosis

Angina pectoris

Heart attack

Stroke

     Brain

 

VMS – hot flashes

Blue moods

Disturbed sleep

     Sexual behavior

 

Painful intercourse

Reduced desire

Reduced sensation

     Breasts

 

Shrinking

Sagging

     Voice

Androgen effect

Voice deepens

 

All these potential changes in the different body parts will develop at
different rates. Usually these changes are only very slowly progressive, and
the onset of symptoms may take years to appear. Of course they may never
happen!

Other symptoms may occur very early.

What the real early and late symptoms are, and why the menopause
experience is so variable for different women, is where I will go in my next
blog.

In the meanwhile, have a great week.

Wulf Utian MD PhD
DSc

Author; CHANGE YOUR MENOPAUSE – Why one size does not fit all. http://www.amazon.com/Change-Your-Menopause-size-does/dp/0982845723/

WHO IS WULF UTIAN?

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One thought on “Is Menopause Bad For Your Health?”

  1. Nurse Mama says:

    Repeat after me: “I enjoy being a girl.” Sheesh!

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