Archive for Menopause Symptoms
We women deal with many physical and emotional changes during and after menopause. Some of these changes can take a real toll
on our relationships, including our sex life.
To complicate matters, it’s often difficult to find straightforward,
trustworthy information about how to deal with issues like changes in our
libido, pain during sexual intercourse.
That’s why I’m excited to share with you that Vibrant Nation, the leading
online community for women 45+, is having its first ever Live webcast
discussion, Sex After Menopause. On March 31, 2015 at 1:00pm EST,
Vibrant Nation sexual health expert and blogger Dr. Barb DePree will lead
a panel of women in sharing their stories and advice for getting that spark
back in the bedroom.
Disclosure: I am participating in a Vibrant Influencer Network campaign. I
am receiving a fee for posting; however, the opinions expressed in this
post are my own. I am in no way affiliated with Pfizer and do not earn a commission or percent of sales.
How do you care for your skin? What problems do you have now that you did not have before Menopause? What Tips would you add to these? Please look at this short video and then let me know what you think.
This is another of the 35 symptoms of Menopause.
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This is the bonus video I promised. It deals with some anxiety issues around sexuality and our long term sexual relationships. Your comments are solicited. Give me some feedback, please!
How can I increase my sexual desire? Look at your medications – some of these may be a problem?
What are the positives to increasing your sexual desire that makes it worth the time and effort?
What illnesses decrease sexual desire but still allow you to function in other ways?
Find the answers to these and other questions in the 4 minute video I have inserted here.
What can I do to increase my sensitivity to my partner?
I answer questions like:
- Who should I talk to?
- Are there medications that can help me?
- What positions will help you?
- Who can help you most?
Next week look for part 4.
This is a series of videos produced by Anne V. PAC on the topic of sexuality during menopause. Anne answers 5 questions in this series, only 1 of those will be available on the blog and the others will be posted in the membership section. These will appear in blog posts over the next 7 or 8 days. They will be found under the heading Sexuality and Menopause and the category Menopause Symptoms.
The first question Anne will answer is: “What happened to my sex drive?” The next 3 questions are:
“Am I the only one?” , “How do I increase my Sexual desire?” , “How do I improve my responsiveness to my partner?” The 5th question will be a surprise. The protected content – login to read it – and search in the category – Menopause Symptoms – for: Sexuality during Menopause #2, #3, #4 and #5
Below is a video answering question #1.
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A recent survey on use of female hormone therapy for treatment of menopausal symptoms yielded some surprising results. Over the past several years, there has been an increase of information on the safety of hormone therapy when different modalities are used. Researchers have speculated that this would change the use of hormones in a similar way that the Women’s Health Initiative caused a drastic decrease in overall use of hormone replacement therapy.
Researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine use data collected by the IMS National Disease and Therapeutic Index, where information on prescriptions written in the outpatient clinic setting was collected, to analyze trends in prescriptions for estrogen and progesterone hormone therapy. This data was collected between 2001 and 2009.
Researchers expected to see a trend of increased use of lower doses of estrogen, and use of estrogen patches instead of pills. Research in recent years has shown that:
- Up to 2/3′s of women respond equally as well to the lower doses of estrogens for relief of their menopausal symptoms.
- There is also some indication that use of a more natural form of progesterone called Prometrium may carry less cardiovascular risk over Provera. It also produces less side effects, but is more expensive.
- Estrogen patches bypass metabolism in the liver and reduces risk of blood clots.
The surprising results indicate that there has been a mild increase in use of low dose estrogen, but less than 1/3 of prescriptions reflect this trend. Additionally, there was no appreciable increase in the use of transdermal estrogen therapy.
Additionally, female hormone therapy is felt to be safest and most effective when used close to the onset of menopause instead of years later. The trend does not indicate that this change in initiation of therapy is being utilized.
While there are many concerns and risk factors for use of estrogen and progesterone hormone therapy, they are very effective in preventing menopausal symptoms as well as helping to prevent bone loss, and improving memory issues associated with loss of estrogen. Recent years have yielded information on maximizing safety in using these medications, to include different forms of estrogen and progesterone as well as lower doses.
So what do you do when you see your medical provider? Talk to them about using a lower dose of estrogen, continue to decrease the dose until you reach the lowest dose at which your symptoms are still controlled. Ask your provider about using an estrogen patch instead of pills. Encourage your provider to tailor your dose of medication to you.
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Anne and I have identified 6 major classes of Menopausal issues.
Most do not threaten life, just the quality of life.
In this slide show we review 5 of the issue areas.
Be sure to tell us what you think in the comments section.
We also invite you to listen in Thursday night to Ask an Expert.
The topic this week, May 6 is fitness.
MENOPAUSE- a word which conjures up many feelings for women, not all of which are happy. My gynecologist recently stated to me that menopause only lasts one day! What a surprise to me! What he was actually referring to is the fact that menopause is the day at which point a women has gone 365 days or 12 consecutive months without a period. All the rest is either peri-menopause or post menopause. Well, the semantics of this definition doesn’t change the fact that women experiencing this change of life are troubled by many symptoms which feel at best , slightly disruptive and at worst completely mind boggling. There are ways however to lessen or manage these symptoms and changes so that you still feel in control of your body. It does take some effort however, but it is well worth it.
Many of us go through our years without paying a lot of attention to how our life style is affecting us both physically and emotionally. I tell many of my patients that when we are young, our bodies can continue to function efficiently even though we are not eating a very healthy diet, we are not drinking enough water, we are not sleeping enough at night and we are not exercising adequately. Many women will not gain weight, feel tired and may even have normal cholesterol and glucose levels despite a less that healthy lifestyle. Then menopause hits and this all changes. Women are experiencing hot flashes, inability to sleep, weight gain even though their diet hasn’t changed, mood swings, fatigue and lack of concentration and of course the low libido or lack of sex drive. So our partners have to deal with us thrashing around at night, grumpy and moody, and then we don’t even want to have sex! It takes true devotion to see a menopausal woman through this phase of her life!
Each of the troubling symptoms of menopause can be managed in ways both natural and in some ways through use of medication. Only you and your medical provider can decide on the usefulness of medication. I will discuss the most prevalent issues with suggestions on managing these issues and I hope to include interviews with experts on their experience and suggestions for women to help during this phase of their lives. I feel it is important for women to not let the time of menopause unravel them physically and emotionally.
I have been experiencing menopause myself for several years now and have had to find ways to mitigate its effects on my sleep, energy, weight, skin, hair and yes, my sex life. This along with the countless stories and histories shared with me through the years working in my profession, I feel I understand what women are experiencing and hope to help women understand how they too can travel through this phase without losing their health or their minds!
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