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Menopause Is More Than A Hot Flash
Date:7/15/2009

is likely caused by a decrease in estrogen as women age, which can lead to vaginal dryness and atrophy, a thinning of the vaginal walls. These symptoms not only impact a woman's sex life, but they can interfere with the emotional aspects of relationships as well. In the survey, some women reported that their menopause symptoms prevented intimacy within the relationship.

"The transition into menopause begins when women begin ceasing to produce estrogen. Symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats are more common at the beginning stages, and for most women, will subside over time," stated Portman. "However, as estrogen continues to decline women will, if left untreated, experience more severe vaginal dryness and atrophy, which can lead to pain with sex. This varied spectrum of symptoms shows the need for women to partner with their healthcare provider in order to find the appropriate treatment."

Menopause also negatively impacts the core of a woman's physical and emotional well-being, even her confidence and self-esteem. In particular, 87% of women experience anxiety, depression and mood swings, and these symptoms negatively impact their relationships, family life and career.

"What's interesting about this survey is that so many women reported that menopause impacted their interpersonal relationships, sex lives and social lives," says Bob Berkowitz, a relationship expert and noted author. "Both the physical and emotional symptoms can interfere in a woman's life to the point where they impact a woman's self esteem. That's why it's so important for women to be open with those in their lives, especially their partners and healthcare providers. And most importantly, remember they are not alone."

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Every woman's menopause is unique, both in symptoms and the impact on their lives, which is why it is important to discuss symptoms an
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