Vaginal health and bladder control
You may notice that your vagina may get drier. This could make sexual intercourse uncomfortable. Or, you could have other health problems, such as vaginal or bladder infections. Some women also find it hard to hold their urine long enough to get to the bathroom. This loss of bladder control is called incontinence. You may have a sudden urge to urinate, or urine may leak during exercise, sneezing, or laughing.
Some women start having trouble getting a good night’s sleep. Maybe you can’t fall asleep easily, or you wake up too early. Night sweats might wake you up. You might have trouble falling back to sleep if you wake up during the night.
You may find that your feelings about sex are changing. You could be less interested. Or, you could feel freer and sexier after menopause.
After 1 full year without a period, you can no longer become pregnant.
You might find yourself more moody or irritable around the time of menopause. Scientists don’t know why this happens. It’s possible that stress, family changes such as growing children or aging parents, a history of depression, or feeling tired could be causing these mood changes.
Your body may seem different
Your waistline could get larger. You could lose muscle and gain fat. Your skin could get thinner. You might have memory problems, and your joints and muscles could feel stiff and achy.
These could also be changes due to age. Your Gynaecologist will be able to tell the difference.
Thinning of Bones called Osteoporosis
Day in and day out, your body is busy breaking down old bone and replacing it with new healthy bone. Estrogen helps control bone loss, and losing estrogen around the time of menopause causes women to lose more bone than is replaced. In time, bones can become weak and break easily. This condition is called osteoporosis.
After menopause, women are more likely to have heart disease. Changes in estrogen levels may be part of the cause. But, so is getting older. As you age, you may gain weight and develop other problems, like high blood pressure. These could put you at greater risk for heart disease. Be sure to have ragular check ups of your blood pressure, blood levels of triglycerides, fasting blood glucose, and cholesterol.