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Menopause Gives Women a Chance to Focus on Overall Health, Wellness|
BEDFORD, Texas — Every day, an estimated 6,000 U.S. women reach menopause, according to the North American Menopause Society (NAMS).
“Each woman’s experience with menopause, her medical history and health are unique,” said Dr. Linda Prentice, an obstetrician/gynecologist on the medical staff at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford. “All are factors that need to be considered to determine the best treatment for women during this stage of life.”
Symptoms of menopause, ranging from mild to severe and spanning up to five years or more, can include:
For some women, hormone therapy can be prescribed to help alleviate menopausal symptoms and potentially provide additional health benefits later in life. However, hormone therapy is not a one-size-fits-all approach. According to some studies, hormone therapy can adversely affect health for some women by contributing to such diseases as breast cancer, uterine cancer and hypertension.
The impending physical, emotional and social changes associated with menopause might cause some women to wish they could avoid making the transition, but it can also become a gateway to better health.
“Women begin focusing on what’s happening to their bodies,” Prentice said, “which tends to lead them to think more about issues related to their health.”
Staying informed about health issues associated with menopause and later stages of life for women is one way women can make the most out of menopause. Many of the decisions a woman makes during menopause will have an effect on her health for the rest of her life.
For more information, visit the North American Menopause Society’s website at menopause.org.
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