More and more Australian women are facing a silent career killer. It can increase their dissatisfaction with work, their absenteeism and their intention to quit their jobs. Menopause is one of the last great taboo subjects in the workplace but its impacts are great – and it’s time we talked about it.
Professor Susan R. Davis discusses several of the most common menopausal symptoms.
Find out how menopause may affect your life and what The Canberra Menopause Centre can do for you.
The transition to the menopause can vary in length depending on the woman but troubling symptoms can occur 1-3 years before the last period . In the postmenopausal phase of a woman’s life symptoms like hot flushes can continue for the first couple of years and beyond.
Unfortunately some women can experience hot flushes and night sweats well into their 60’s. For many women, these changes will have little impact on their lives; however, some women may experience symptoms severe enough to affect their health and well-being, and disrupt their lives. Some women might feel anxious about reaching the menopause and mourn the loss of their fertility and youth.
Whenever we ask women for areas of health that they wish they had more information about, the subject of menopause comes up. Women want to know what to expect, what’s normal and when you should see your doctor, and ways to manage symptoms. But finding reliable information was not easy in Canberra – until Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT opened the Canberra Menopause Centre.
There comes a time in every woman's life (for argument's sake, let's say it's around 48) that she can no longer ignore the elephant in the room.
And so during a recent visit to a women's health clinic I finally broached the menopause talk. When I mentioned hormone replacement therapy (HRT, the medical replacement of a woman's oestrogen and progesterone and, sometimes, testosterone) the nurse's eyebrows almost took flight.
When you’re going through menopause, it’s not just your hormones that are changing – your heart health can change as well.
You may be surprised to know that heart disease is the number-one cause of death for women over 50 years of age. In fact, women are four times more likely to die from heart disease than breast cancer. The good news is, most forms of heart disease are preventable and menopause is a great time to get proactive about your health. Making heart-healthy changes at midlife can set you up for better health in later life. Best of all, these changes can not only lower your risk of developing other chronic diseases, but can improve your quality of life as well.