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Postmenopause Snapshot can be a place to start if you are searching for information about postmenopause. Read more

For National Osteoporosis Month 2021, the (United States) National Osteoporosis Foundation is “showcasing simple steps to promote good bone health”. Read more

World Aids Day 2020 is 01 December. HIV/AIDS and menopause, can result in difficulty working out if symptoms are caused by menopause or not. Read more

World Osteoporosis Day 2020 is October 20. “If you are over the age of 50 and you have one or more risk factors you should discuss these with your doctor and ask for an assessment of your bone health status”. Read more

Bone health may be the last item on your to-do-list but after postmenopause choose to be even more aware of your bone health so you can keep moving. Read more

“On World Osteoporosis Day, October 20, the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF), together with its 250 member organizations worldwide, urge all older adults to be aware of osteoporosis risk factors and to consult their doctors if they are at risk”.

World Osteoporosis Day 2019

What is World Osteoporosis Day?

In World Osteoporosis Day October 20: The 2019 Global WOD Campaign? the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) elaborate on:

“World Osteoporosis Day (WOD), on October 20 each year, marks a year-long campaign dedicated to raising global awareness of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis…”.

Women

How many women have osteoporosis?

In Osteoporosis the IOF note:

World Osteoporosis Day 2019

“It’s estimated over 200 million women have osteoporosis. That’s more than the combined populations of the Germany, the United Kingdom and France”.

In World Osteoporosis Day October 20: Key Messages of World Osteoporosis Day 2019 the IOF also note:

  • “Osteoporosis is a growing global problem that respects no boundaries: worldwide, fractures affect one in three women and one in five men over the age of 50.

Menopause

What is the association between menopause and bone loss?

In What Women Need To Know: Menopause: A Time for Action the (United States) National Osteoporosis Foundation elaborate on:

“When a woman reaches menopause, her estrogen levels drop and can lead to bone loss. For some women, this bone loss is rapid and severe.

Two major factors that affect your chance of getting osteoporosis are:

  • The amount of bone you have when you reach menopause…
  • How fast you lose bone after you reach menopause…”.

In Osteoporosis the Australasian Menopause Society note:

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“The female sex hormone oestrogen plays an important role in maintaining bone strength. After menopause oestrogen levels drop and this may result in increased bone loss. The average woman loses up to 10 per cent of her bone mass in the first five years after menopause”.

In Calcium: Recommended Daily Calcium Intake the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health (JH) also note:

  • “When women go through menopause, there is a rapid loss of bone because of decreased oestrogen and this process may last from 4-8 years after menopause”.

Silent Disease

Why is osteoporosis called the ‘silent disease’?

In What Is Osteoporosis and What Causes It? Osteoporosis Can Sneak Up on You the (United States) National Osteoporosis Foundation explain:

“Osteoporosis is often called a silent disease because one can’t feel bones weakening. Breaking a bone is often the first sign of osteoporosis or a patient may notice that he or she is getting shorter or their upper back is curving forward. If you are experiencing height loss or your spine is curving, be sure to consult your doctor or healthcare professional immediately”.

Health Care Provider

What if I think I have osteoporosis?

If you think you have osteoporosis, it may be in your best interest to choose to talk to your health care provider about this.

In Exercise for Your Bone Health: A Complete Osteoporosis Program the (United States National Institute of Health’s) NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases National Resource Center explain:

“Remember, exercise is only one part of an osteoporosis prevention or treatment program. Like a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D, exercise helps strengthen bones at any age. But proper exercise and diet may not be enough to stop bone loss caused by medical conditions, menopause, or lifestyle choices such as tobacco use and excessive alcohol consumption. It is important to speak with your doctor about your bone health. Discuss whether you might be a candidate for a bone mineral density test. If you are diagnosed with low bone mass, ask what medications might help keep your bones strong”.

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Menopause FAQs: Menopause Osteoporosis is some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about osteoporosis, risk, prevention and bone health. Read more

Menopause FAQs: Postmenopause includes some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about hot flushes/flashes, painful sex, osteoporosis, heart disease and stroke.

Postmenopause

What is postmenopause?Menopause FAQs: Postmenopause

In About Menopause: The Stages of Menopause – Postmenopause the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health explain:

“Postmenopause is the time after menopause. A woman can experience menopausal symptoms in postmenopause. How long this continues varies for each woman”.

Hot Flushes

Postmenopause, do hot flushes/flashes simply stop or not?

In Menopause FAQs: Hot Flashes – Q. How long will I have hot flashes? the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) note:

“A. Most women experience hot flashes for 6 months to 2 years, although some reports suggest that they last considerably longer—as long as 10 years, depending on when they began. For a small proportion of women, they may never go away. It is not uncommon for women to experience a recurrence of hot flashes more than 10 years after menopause, even into their 70s or beyond. There is no reliable way of predicting when they will start—or stop”.

Painful Sex

Postmenopause, does painful sex, simply stop or not?

In Women’s Wellness: Painful Sex After Menopause – DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am in my late 50s and have recently found that sex is becoming quite uncomfortable. I am assuming this is because I’m past menopause, but what’s the best way to make sex less painful? the (United States) Mayo Clinic elaborate on:

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“ANSWER: Dyspareunia, the term for painful vaginal sex, is quite common. Estimates vary, but surveys of postmenopausal women not on hormone therapy report dyspareunia in as many as 20 to 30 percent. It’s often divided into three categories: superficial pain, deep pain or both. Most women complain of superficial pain, which occurs upon vaginal penetration. Often, the pain has a sharp or burning quality. Deep pain occurs with deep penetration or thrusting. For some women, dyspareunia is temporary. For others, it can become chronic”.

Osteoporosis

Postmenopause, do women have to start worrying about osteoporosis?

Yes. In Osteoporosis the Australian Menopause Society explain:

“Osteoporosis is a condition characterised by weakened bones that fracture easily. After menopause many women are at risk of developing osteoporosis.

Peak bone mass is usually reached during a woman’s 20s to 30s when the skeleton has stopped growing and bones are at their strongest.

The female sex hormone oestrogen plays an important role in maintaining bone strength. After menopause oestrogen levels drop and this may result in increased bone loss. The average woman loses up to 10 per cent of her bone mass in the first five years after menopause”.

Heart Disease

Postmenopause, do women have to start worrying about heart disease?

Yes. In Menopause FAQs: Your Health After Menopause – Q. Do I have to start worrying about heart disease? the NAMS note:

“A. You do. Although many women think of heart disease as a man’s disease, the number one killer of women in North America is cardiovascular disease, that is, diseases of the heart and circulatory system. After age 55, more than half of all the deaths in women are caused by cardiovascular disease. Risk for this disease increases after menopause. Be sure to talk to your healthcare team about what your risks are and how you can reduce them”.

Go Red for Women

What does it mean to Go Red for Women?

In What Does It Mean To Go Red for Women? the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women elaborate on:

“1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke each year. So we encourage you to join the movement to end heart disease and stroke in women because it’s not just a man’s disease. Here’s what it means to Go Red:

G: GET YOUR NUMBERS…
O: OWN YOUR LIFESTYLE…
R: REALIZE YOUR RISK…
E: EDUCATE YOUR FAMILY…
D: DON’T BE SILENT…”.

Menopause FAQs

Where may I find more Menopause FAQs?

Menopause FAQs: PostmenopauseIn Menopause FAQs: Expert Answers To Frequently Asked Questions About Menopause you can find Menopause FAQS: Your Health After Menopause where the NAMS explain:

“You’ve gone more than a year without a period and are considered to be postmenopausal. In these years, women may begin to feel the effects of normal aging but also still may be affected by the hormone changes that came with menopause. Our experts answer your questions and will help you to figure out whether the physical changes you are experiencing are normal and suggest coping strategies”.

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