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Reviewing Information Women Should Know Concerning Menopause

By Robert Short

Menopause is the time in a woman’s life when her periods stop. Naturally occurring as a part of the aging process, most women begin this part of their life in the mid to late forties. If the ovaries are removed through surgery, menopause takes place immediately, but the natural process may take several years to complete. There are some menopause side effects that should be reviewed so you can be aware of them.

Eight out of ten women will experience hot flashes during menopause. Hot flashes cause the body to warm and may cause night sweats. You may feel faint and your heart may begin to palpitate when experiencing a hot flash. You will experience hot flashes for the first year after the last period.

Menopause can cause a loss of libido. This loss of sex drive may be associated with vaginal changes, including dryness and loss of tone. In addition, mood changes along with a loss of sleep due to your night sweats may lower your desire for sex.

Menopause is often blamed for mood changes. You may experience such emotional feelings such as irritability, anxiety or depression. Some research indicates that these mood changes are actually as the result of life changes rather than being due to menopause.

For some women, headaches are a side effect of what is happening in their bodies. Women who had headaches earlier in life may find that they experience more severe headaches. For some migraine sufferers, menopause means less severe or less frequent headaches or that they no longer suffer headaches at all.

Urinary changes are also tied to menopause. You may experience incontinence. Being overweight increases the chances of leakage. In addition women who have given birth to more than one child have a greater chance of incontinence. When the problem is severe, surgery may be recommended.

As the hormone levels change in your body, you may also be at greater risk for osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is the loss of density of the bones. As the problem progresses, you bones can become very brittle and breaks occur more easily. As you age, the problems brought on by osteoporosis can become much more serious and the risk of broken bones even greater.

After menopause, your risk of heart disease or suffering a heart attack are increased. One fourth of women over sixty-five years in age have some kind of heart disease. There is also a greater risk of stroke as the body changes. In the past doctors were more reluctant to push for tests of indicators of heart disease for women. Insist that your doctor keeps reviewing your cholesterol levels with periodic tests.

Hormone replacement therapy was very common in the past for women who experienced menopause side effects. Recent studies have caused many doctors to question the value of hormone replacement therapy when compared to the risks that it brings about. Women using hormone replacement therapy are at a greater risk for heart disease and stroke. They are also at a greater risk for developing breast cancer. Before beginning any hormone replacement therapy, you should review both the benefits and the risks of the therapy for you.

If you are a female that is going through the natural process of menopause, you may want to look at Amberen. There are many Amberen reviews you can read online.

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Short, Robert "Reviewing Information Women Should Know Concerning Menopause." Reviewing Information Women Should Know Concerning Menopause. 7 Aug. 2010. 24 Dec 2014 <>.

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