Common health problems associated with menopause

Common health problems associated with menopause

Sister Beverley Sebola from Life Casternhof  Hospital shares some of the most common health problems women might experience during menopause. 

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Menopause is defined as twelve months without menstrual bleeding which is not caused by surgery or medical condition that may cause bleeding to artificially stop. 

It typically occurs in women who are in their late 40s to early 50s.

During menopause women might suffer several health problems. 

Sister Beverley Sebola from Life Casternhof Hospital talks about some of the challenges. 

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Hot flushes

"Most women experience hot flushes during menopause," says sister Sebola. 

 She says taking supplements can help prevent them. 

"Hot flushes can be prevented by taking supplements and hormonal therapy like menopause support supplements," says sister Sebola.

Dry vagina

During menopause, women might experience dry vagina. 

Sister Sebola says there are different things women can do to treat the problem. 

"Women can use lubricating agents," says the sister

She adds that they can " have more romantic activities prior the actual intercourse, discussion with the partner will be important so that he can have an understanding and be able to support her."

Mood swings

Sister Sebola says most women will experience mood swings and it is important for them to have a support system. 

Reduced libido

"Women in menopause have low libido," says sister Sebola. 

She says it is important for the women to inform their partners "so that they can walk the journey together."  

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