Menopausal and postmenopausal women face various health risks. Abrupt changes in hormone levels due to loss of ovarian follicular activity (cessation of menstrual cycle) bring out several physical infirmities and emotional stress.
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For years, it has been seen that various behavioural disturbances noticed in women over 50 years have been associated with reproductive endocrine system change. Recent studies have found that the psychological and somatic changes in women are related to lowered levels of ovarian estrogen. Changes in ovarian hormonal levels may have a long-term effect on women after menopause, which include cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis, problems related to memorisation, urinary incontinence and skin aging.
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After menopausal, women may be at higher risk for certain conditions. To cope with menopause side-effects, health expert’s advice is living a healthy lifestyle to reduce the risk of some of the conditions. If a woman finds herself in discomfort despite of the lifestyle changes, she must consult a doctor to learn how to reduce post menopausal health risks.
If you are postmenopausal, regular check-ups and screening tests such as pelvic exams, pap smears, breast exams and mammograms will keep you attuned with the condition. A doctor should be consulted to find out how often you need to be checked.
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