Did you know that women can actually discern symptoms of menopause from the natural symptoms of aging?!
Evidently, study results released at the North American Menopause Society’s annual meeting this week suggest that 91% of women can correctly define menopause and that 99% and 96% of women, respectively, know that menopause causes night sweats and mood swings.
Any of you who’ve experienced one or both of these symptoms won’t find these results surprising. I certainly didn’t.
Sarcasm aside, there are some overlaps you should be aware of. In the survey, 84%, 72%, and 77% of respondents associated vaginal dryness, urinary stress incontinence and weight gain, respectively, strictly with menopause, even though they can also be caused by aging as well.
So, why should you care?
Knowing the reasons behind the symptoms can help drive informed health decisions about the best strategies and steps you can take to combat them. What’s more, because it can be difficult to tease apart the effects of aging and the effects of menopause, NAMS can use these survey results as a call to action for more funding and research.
All in all, a good thing, right?
Thanks Rita for your note. There's no question that HRT can help improve menopausal symptoms and quality of life. The problem lies in its associated risks, which is one of the primary reasons I promote alternative therapies on the site. Thanks so much for commenting!
Hi, I noticed a very good article on menopause, symptoms due to it and the way to overcome using HRT therapy. Hope it is useful. http://www.kanbal.com/index.php?/Disease/hormone-replacement-therapy-hrt-post-menopause.html
Amy - you mean Alex, right??! Sorry about all those decades! Dr. Hubbard - thank you! Appreciate the kind words and support.