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.
Menopause and weight gain: Do they always go hand in hand?
It may seem that way, especially because gaining weight is so common after menopause. About 30% of women ages 50 to 59 are not just overweight, but obese. Here's what you need to know about the risks of weight gain and how exercise can help you lose weight and keep it off after menopause.
Perimenopause typically starts in a woman’s 40s, but may also occur in 30-something women.
Symptoms can come in waves, increasing and receding for months at a time. Though four to six years is average for most women, perimenopause can be as short as a year or last for more than 10 years. Next stop? Menopause. For some, perimenopause causes few health issues.
Menopause is the stage in a woman’s life when she stops having periods. Menopause is a natural life event. It follows the perimenopause, or menopause transition i.e. the time from the onset of menopausal symptoms, through to 12 months after the last menstrual period. This transition can last up to 5 or 6 years.
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. For others the menopause can mean a new lease of life, free from concerns about periods, premenstrual syndrome or pregnancy.