• Try getting enough sleep and staying
physically active to feel your best. • Talk to your doctor to see if you may have
depression, which is a serious illness. • Consider seeing a therapist or joining a support group. • If you are using MHT for hot flashes or another menopause symptom, your mood swings may get better too.
• Getting enough sleep and keeping
physically active may help. • If forgetfulness or other mental problems are
affecting your daily life, see your doctor.
• Ask your doctor about treatments, including medicines,
behavioral changes, certain devices, and surgery.
Does menopause cause bone loss?
Lower estrogen around the time of menopause leads to bone loss in women. Bone loss can cause bones to weaken, which can cause bones to break more easily. When bones weaken a lot, the condition is called osteoporosis (OSS-tee-oh-puh-ROH-suhss). To keep your bones strong, women need weightbearing exercise, such as walking, climbing stairs, or using weights. You can also protect bone health by eating foods rich in calcium and vitamin D, or if needed, taking calcium and vitamin D supplements. Not smoking also helps protect your bones. Ask your doctor if you need a bone density test. Your doctor can also suggest ways to prevent or treat osteoporosis.
Does menopause raise my chances of getting cardiovascular disease?
Yes. After menopause, women are more likely to have cardiovascular (kar-dee-oh-VAS-kuh-lur) problems, like heart attacks and strokes. Changes in estrogen levels may be part of the cause, but so is getting older. That's because as you get older, you may gain weight and develop other health problems that increase your risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Ask your doctor about important tests like those for cholesterol and high blood pressure. Discuss ways to prevent CVD. The following lifestyle changes also can help prevent CVD: • Not smoking and avoiding secondhand smoke • Exercising • Following a healthy diet