“Menopause can also affect a woman’s physical and mental health in positive ways. For instance, if she had migraine headaches or endometriosis…”.1

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What may the Menopause Body Changes Umbrella include?

Depending on the Source (DotS) this Umbrella may include:

  • Menopause Changes
  • Menopause and Body Changes

Perimenopause

During perimenopause what changes may women experience?

In Menopause FAQs: Menopause Symptoms: Q. What symptoms might I expect as I approach menopause? the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) explain:

“A. Each woman’s menopause experience is different. Many women who undergo natural menopause report no symptoms at all during the perimenopausal years except for irregular menstrual periods that eventually stop once they reach menopause. Other symptoms may include hot flashes, vaginal dryness, difficulty sleeping, memory problems, mood disturbances, and vaginal dryness. Not all these symptoms are hormone related, and some, such as hot flashes and memory problems, tend to resolve after menopause. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle during this time of transition is essential for your health and can even prevent or alleviate some of these symptoms”.2

Body Shape

Is there an association between menopause and changes in body shape?

In Body Image: Menopause & Body Image the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health (JH) elaborate on:

Menopause Body Image“Physical changes associated with menopause and ageing include changes in body shape. Shifting weight from the hips to the central tummy area, drier skin, decreased muscle tone and hot flushes change how you feel, how you think about and the actual shape of your body. Some women talk about losing control of the body they always thought they could control and rely on. Other women find greater confidence in who they are because they are less driven by worrying about whether their body is ‘perfect’ as they enter this stage – “I can let go of the need to be perfect, to compete with the youngies and just be me””.3

Postmenopause

During postmenopause what changes may women experience?

In Health After Menopause the JH elaborate on:

“After menopause, changes to the spread of body fat and body shape increases a woman’s risk of cardiovascular disease, and lower levels of oestrogen also increase the risk of bladder weakness and osteoporosis”.4

Good News

What may be some good news about menopause body changes?

The International Menopause Society explain:

  • “Menopause can also affect a woman’s physical and mental health in positive ways. For instance, if she had migraine headaches or endometriosis, the symptoms may disappear after menopause. Additionally, fibroids usually shrink”.5

Migraine

Is there an association between migraine and menopause?

In My-Oh-Migraine: Hormonal Headaches & Menopause – Does Menopause Affect Migraine Incidence? the North American Menopause Society elaborate on:

“Every woman is different so menopause can affect your migraines in a number of ways. Menopause may make migraines less severe if they were linked to the hormonal fluctuations of your menstrual cycle. Or migraines may start for the first time, or worsen, around perimenopause because of new hormonal fluctuations. Hormone therapy for menopausal symptoms may also be linked to migraines at this time. The good news is that hormonal migraines usually stop after menopause, when hormone levels are consistently low”.6

Endometriosis

What is endometriosis?

DotS the definition of endometriosis may vary. In Facts About Endometriosis the definition used by the World Endometriosis Society; and the World Endometriosis Research Foundation is:

“Endometriosis is a condition in which tissue similar to the lining inside the uterus (called “the endometrium”) is found outside the uterus, where it induces a chronic inflammatory reaction that may result in scar tissue. It is primarily found on the pelvic peritoneum, on the ovaries, in the recto-vaginal septum, on the bladder, and bowel. In very rare cases it has been found on the diaphragm and in the lungs”.7

Fibroids

What are fibroids?

DotS the definition of fibroids may vary. In Uterine Fibroids the Office on Women’s Health, United States Department of Health and Human Services, Womenshealth.gov’s definition is:

“Fibroids are muscular tumors that grow in the wall of the uterus (womb). Fibroids are almost always benign (not cancerous). Not all women with fibroids have symptoms. Women who do have symptoms often find fibroids hard to live with. Some have pain and heavy menstrual bleeding. Treatment for uterine fibroids depends on your symptoms”.8

Health Care Provider

What if I would like help with some body changes?

If you would like help with some body changes, it may be in your best interest to choose to talk to your health care provider about this. Together you can discuss your options and if required, agree on who may be the most appropriate health care provider to help you.

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  1. Women and Menopause: Facts. October 2012:1. International Menopause Society https://www.imsociety.org/downloads/world_menopause_day_2012/wmd_general_menopause_backgrounder.pdf Accessed: 28 July 2020
  2. Menopause FAQs: Menopause Symptoms: Q. What symptoms might I expect as I approach menopause? North American Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org/for-women/menopause-faqs-menopause-symptoms Accessed: 28 July 2020
  3. Body Image: Menopause & Body Image. Last Updated: 14 January 2020 | Last Reviewed: 10 March 2014. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/mental-emotional-health/body-image Accessed: 28 July 2020
  4. Health After Menopause. Last Updated: 14 January 2020 | Last Reviewed: 17 December 2017. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/menopause/health-after-menopause Accessed: 28 July 2020
  5. Women and Menopause: Facts. October 2012:1. International Menopause Society https://www.imsociety.org/downloads/world_menopause_day_2012/wmd_general_menopause_backgrounder.pdf Accessed: 28 July 2020
  6. My-Oh-Migraine: Hormonal Headaches & Menopause – Does Menopause Affect Migraine Incidence? North American Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org/for-women/menopauseflashes/women’s-health-and-menopause/my-oh-migraine-hormonal-headaches-menopause Accessed: 28 July 2020
  7. Facts About Endometriosis. September 2015. World Endometriosis Society and World Endometriosis Research Foundation https://endometriosisfoundation.org/Facts-about-endometriosis.pdf Accessed: 28 July 2020
  8. Uterine Fibroids. Medical Review In: 2015. Page Last Updated: 16 March 2018. Office on Women’s Health, United States Department of Health and Human Services, Womenshealth.gov https://www.womenshealth.gov/a-z-topics/uterine-fibroids Accessed: 28 July 2020
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