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Gynecological Problems After Menopause
What other medical risks increase after menopause? I know my risk of osteoporosis has increased now that I've gone through menopause. Are there any other health problems I need to be concerned about as well? .
That: That is an excellent question. Cardiovascular risks also increase, for stroke and myocardial infarction (heart attack). Of course eating well and keeping weight under control are helpful, but some physicians also advise that their patients take a baby Aspirin a day, which can help prevent stroke and heart problems. Patients with an Aspirin sensitivity, ulcers, or bleeding problems of course can't take aspirin, but most patients can take a baby Aspirin a day with no problem. Be sure your mammogram and colonoscopies are up to date as well. ...Read more
The absence of menstrual periods for 12 months. During menopause, the ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone. After the complete transition into menopause, women can no longer get pregnant. The average age for menopause is 51 years old. Symptoms include dry vaginal tissue, irregular periods, hot flashes, mood ...Read more
Do large uterine fibroids (22 cm) shrink after menopause and how much, if they do? I am a 50 yr old caucasion. I was thinking of waiting until menopause and lettingt it shrink. It isn't causing any problems other than bulk related which I can handle. My d
Leiomyomas: Leiomyomas of the uterus (fibroids) sometimes shrink after menopause, but some women have them actually enlarge. It sounds like yours are very large which concerns me. I would recommend following your doctors advice, or at least obtaining a second opinion, because it sounds like your doctor is concerned they may compress your ureters which could cause kidney damage. Please be re-evaluated or at least seek a second opinion as I am concerned by that. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Absolutely!: One of the more common and aggravating problems after menopause are vaginal changes. Decreased estrogen causes dryness and thinning of the vaginal skin. The muscles can also get weak. Symptoms a dryness, sometimes itching, pain with sex and even urinary incontinence. Lubricants can help. Topical estrogen is also appropriate if symptoms are especially annoying. Good luck. ...Read more
Menopause: Menopause is defined as the normal ending of the menstrual cycle after one year without a period. The ovaries stop producing eggs and hormones. So women can no longer conceive after menopause and decreasing hormone levels can cause symptoms of aging, hot flashes, mood changes, skin changes less libido and vaginal dryness. Symptoms can be treated with both traditional and natural approaches. ...Read more
Depends: You are not able to have a baby who is bioligically related to you as you are not able to develop eggs for fertilization. However, it is possible to be a surrogate mother using another woman's egg for fertilization. This does not mean that it is medically advisable or optimal. ...Read more
Hormonal change: When your estogen level is low, not only it is affecting your libido (lower your libido) bit it also affecting the physiology of your reproductive system. The vagina will be less flexible and the vaginal lubrication will be significantly decreased and as the result sexual intimacy will be affected and may be painful etc. Plus other postmenopausal symptms- the mood swings, hot flushes won't help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Discharge: Vaginal discharge is abnormal at any age. It is often a sign of a vaginal infection. If the discharge is bloody, pathology of cervix and uterus has to be checked for. Your gynecologist is best qualified to evaluate, advise and treat you for your discharge. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Two Possible Reasons:
The two most common reasons for this are when women take hormones post-menopause and weight gain after menopause. If breasts are tender, this is not normal, and should be investigated. Also I assuming that mammograms remain normal.
In my patients, we do sensitive salivary hormone testing and only give back what is missing for symptom relief while rechecking levels along the way. ...Read more
Pain: Since you are not having periods anymore, pain would be the main symptom. Pain may be constant and aggravated by intercourse and or orgasm. Pain with urination and bowel movements or passing gas may be signs of this condition. See a gynecologist with experience in this condition. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Occasionally: Generally women tend to gain some weight. A weight loss especially if a women is dieting or exercising and losing weight that is normal. If a person starts to lose weight without trying at age 50, that needs to be looked at more carefully. Please make an appointment with your medical doctor and make sure that you consider a colonoscopy as a growth in the colon can also cause weight loss. Good luck. ...Read more
What are the benign causes of thick endometrium line after menopause. .. And what are the chances?
Overgrowth: After menopause the endometrial lining should be thin ideally less than 5mm on a sonogram. If it is above 25 mm this is concerning. Measurements in between must be analyzed on an individual basis. Causes include fibroids, polyps, endometrial hyperplasia and in some cases endometrial cancer ...Read more
I am 63 yrs. Old I have migranes and have had them for 20 yrs. I thought they would stop after menopause but they have not?
Do u cycle some hormonally after menopause? Have noticed my moods are cycling about every 4 weeks. I m 5 yrs. Postmenopause...
Will I still have hot flashes after menopause? When I'm through menopause, will I still experience hot flashes, or will they stop? .
Will I ever enjoy sex again after menopause? Ever since I started going through menopause, sex has become more and more uncomfortable and almost painful. Is there anything I can do to enjoy sex again? .
You: You can absolutely enjoy sex after menopause. First, make sure you're comfortable with your own body, then take that new knowledge and understanding and bring it into your relationship. Lower levels of estrogen after menopause can make the vaginal mucosa dry and thin, sometimes making sex uncomfortable. Lubrication is key. Experiment with different lubricants, and make sure you're using plenty. Talk to your doctor about this issue. There are certain medications that may be of help to you. ...Read more