While Menopause is a perfectly natural occurrence, the decreased levels of estrogen and other hormones can lead to some complications. Aside from the typical symptoms of menopause, some of the other risk factors of Menopause include:
Osteoporosis – Lack of estrogen can accelerate bone loss and loss of bone tissue and cause what is called osteoporosis. Osteoporosis greatly increases a woman's risk for bone breaks and fractures.
Prolapsed Uterus – Estrogen tones the muscles of the uterus and the vaginal area. Lower estrogen levels can cause the uterus to sag. This is called a prolapsed uterus and can have serious complications depending on the severity.
Lichen Sclerosis – Testosterone deficiency during Menopause can cause this chronic inflammatory disease of the skin that typically affects the vulva, but can affect other parts of the body as well. Lichen Sclerosis can cause itching and pain and can interfere with sexual intercourse and urination.
Urinary Incontinence – Some menopausal woman experience urinary incontinence (leakage) during laughing, sneezing, coughing, jogging or other physical activity.
Cardiovascular Disease – Estrogen helps protect women against cardiovascular disease. During Menopause, estrogen levels drop and the level of fats in a woman's blood can increase. These changes put women at risk for developing heart and circulatory system disorders such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stroke and heart disease.
Diabetes – One of the risk factors of Menopause is diabetes. During Menopause, estrogen and progesterone levels drop and some women develop high testosterone levels. This combination affects blood sugar regulation and puts women at risk for insulin resistance which can promote the development of diabetes, hypoglycemia and hypoinsulinemia.
Cancer – Women who have low progesterone and high testosterone during Menopause can have a higher risk of endometrial (uterus) cancer as well as abnormal uterine bleeding.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) – Sexually transmitted diseases are affecting postmenopausal women at an increasingly alarming rate. Women who have reached Menopause may feel that since they will not get pregnant that they do not need to use condoms. Lack of condom use and the fact that women in Menopause produce less natural lubrication and have drier, more fragile vaginal tissue, put these women at great risk for contracting HIV and other STDs from infected partners.
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