Warning Signs of Menopause Every Woman Should Know

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As women continue to age, their periods become less frequent before they stop altogether. Many women experience menopausal symptoms leading up to menopause referred to as perimenopause. During this stage, many women experience physical and emotional symptoms; menopause is only established as occurring 12 months after your last menstrual cycle. It occurs in women as early as 40 years of age; however the average age in the United States is 51.

4 Early Signs of Menopause

 

Hot Flashes

Hot flashes are one of the most common symptoms that women experience during menopause. According to Breastcancer.org, about 85% of women experience a hot flash during perimenopause and only 20% to 50% of women continue to have them during menopause. There is no way to truly avoid hot flashes, but staying in cool, ventilated areas will ease the discomfort.

Night Sweats

Night sweats are very similar to hot flashes, but they occur during sleep and can cause mild to severe perspiration. Many women have trouble sleeping during these episodes. Night sweats are caused by a hormonal imbalance and can be treatable. Speak to your gynecologist in Columbus Ohio to learn how you can control these symptoms.

Fatigue

Fatigue is another symptom affecting women during menopause because of the hormonal imbalance that’s occurring in their body. It can affect women differently, some experience complete loss of energy while others feel tired and weak. The severity of this symptom differs for everyone but can be combated with proper vitamin supplements.

Memory Lapse

Memory loss is a common occurrence for women nearing menopause because of the lower estrogen levels and higher stress levels.  For many women, concentrating can be difficult and can forget simple things such as names of objects or appointments. Getting a good night’s sleep can help improve memory loss and improve your thinking.

Every woman experiences symptoms of menopause differently.  Schedule an appointment with your ob-gyn in Columbus at first sign of symptoms to discuss your options on treatments.

Hot Flashes Last 10 Years or More After Menopause, Study Finds

When a woman hears the word menopause she may associate it with symptoms such as mood swings, low sex drive, headaches, loss of period and hot flashes. Each woman encounters menopause differently, which means some symptoms can last for months or even a few years. With this in mind, a new study released by a team of researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania reported that more than a third of women experience moderate and severe hot flashes for 10 years or more after menopause.

 

Menopause and hot flashes are experienced by millions of women worldwide. Hot flashes are episodes of intense heat feelings coming from within and at times cover the majority of a woman’s body and face. This experience results in a number of discomforting situations throughout the day and have been known to interfere with sleep.

 

Menopause does not require medical treatment, but instead medication focuses on relieving signs and symptoms to manage chronic conditions that are likely to occur. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is currently the most effective option for relieving menopausal hot flashes, but current guidelines suggest that treatment be provided for no more than five years.

 

Researchers concentrated their study with 255 older women and found that 80 percent of them were experiencing moderate-to-severe hot flashes during menopause, 17 percent mild hot flashes and 3 percent experienced no hot flashes. Obese white women and black women (regardless of weight) were most likely to experience moderate and severe hot flashes, while non-obese white women were at the lowest risk.

 

Interestingly in the study, published in the journal Menopause, researchers found that the average time a woman experienced moderate-to-severe hot flashes was nearly five years after menopause. The study also reported that more than a third of women experienced moderate-to-severe hot flashes for 10 years or more after menopause.

 

While the report cannot change medical guidelines, the overall goal is to express the importance of individualized treatment for women experiencing severe symptoms for such a significant amount of time. This also should give menopausal women a second  opinion that although certain side effects may occur, treatment to manage severe symptoms cannot be withheld.

 
Many forms of hormone and nonhormone therapy for menopausal symptoms are available. As always we recommend to schedule an appointment at Complete Healthcare for Women, where our physicians can discuss with you the best treatment plan suitable for you.

Taller women face greater cancer risks after menopause

There may be a new found respect for women who are tall. American scientists recently reported new research that suggests tall women have a higher risk of developing cancer after completing menopause. A study released by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University released that height was linked to 19 types of cancer, including breast, colon, endometrium, kidney, ovary, rectum, thyroid, and multiple forms of mylenoma and melanoma.

The study of 145,000 women from 1993 to 1998, was a surprise to researchers when height was more strongly related to cancer than other dangers like obesity. After menopause, research showed that for every four inches in height there was a 13 percent increase in risk of developing cancer, in women.

While more research continues to determine the cause, it is not the height itself that is the primary source of disease. Doctors are suggesting that tall women are at greater risk because of hormone activity, amount of cells or larger organs.

Dr. Walter Willett of the Harvard School of Public Health, said the study does not need to raise concerns for being tall, but it does provide evidence that greater height is associated with cancer. This helps researchers find more missing pieces of the cancer puzzle and contribute to understanding how and why cancer develops.

For treatment of menopause symptoms visit your healthcare provider. They will inform and instruct how to cope with irregular effects during menopause.

Researchers identified about 21,000 women, between the ages of 50 and 80, had been diagnosed with one or more invasive cancers during a follow-up period of 12 years. They found, for every extra 10 centimeters (about four inches), women’s risk for cancer of the kidney, rectum, thyroid and blood increased from 23 to 29 percent. Their risk of melanoma and cancer of breast, ovary, endometrium and colon rose by 13 to 17 percent.

Studies show that height increased worldwide in the 19th century, due to advances in nutrition and hygiene. In America the average height of a woman is 5 feet, 4 inches, rising about an inch over the last few decades, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Researchers still need to understand how height-related genetic variations affect men and women, because adult height is influenced by genetics and exposures in early-life, such as nutrition and diet. For example, being tall is linked to greater consumption of milk proteins in pre-pubescent girls. In some studies milk intake was related to higher levels of certain proteins that may play a role in abnormal cell processes seen in cancers.

The battle with cancer can be treated early with changes in lifestyle. Eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly prove to be positive impacts in overall health. Quitting smoking and other drugs early can help the body live longer without any further damage that may have already occurred.

Researchers considered the effects of the participants’ age, alcohol and smoking history, educational background, weight and body mass index, and use of hormone replacement therapy. The study concluded that the increased height was independently linked to an increased risk of cancer.

According to the American Cancer Society, the average woman’s lifetime risk of cancer is 38 percent.

No matter what a woman’s height may be, doctors suggest that women visit their healthcare providers more frequently during and following menopause to ensure healthy development. Understand that it is not the height that is making women develop cancer, but the effects of family history and exposure to certain substances at an early age. Continue walking tall and feel proud to be in control with menopause.