Health Impact of Menopause
Beyond the physical and emotional symptoms, menopause also has important implications for a woman’s long-term health. While it does not cause serious health problems on its own, the hormonal changes associated with menopause can increase the risk of certain conditions, including:
- Osteoporosis: Reduced estrogen levels can lead to a loss of bone density, increasing the risk of fractures.
- Cardiovascular disease: The risk of heart disease rises after menopause due to changes in cholesterol levels and blood vessel function. Research shows that heart attacks is the main cause of death among post-menopausal women.
- Urinary incontinence: Weakened pelvic floor muscles can lead to urinary incontinence in some women.
- Cognitive changes: Some research suggests that menopause may be associated with changes in cognitive function. Some women experience ‘brain fog’ or difficulty focusing or remembering things, which affects with their productivity at work.
- Sexual health: Vaginal dryness and decreased libido can affect sexual health and satisfaction. This can impact intimacy and marriages unless it is being addressed and treatment initiated.