It’s no surprise: With menopause, women experience various symptoms and conditions. But with a focus on iconic symptoms like hot flashes, chills, night sweats, and mood swings, some of the not-so-iconic but equally common symptoms don’t always get discussed.
The Women’s Health by Dr. Heather Hirsch podcast with Dr. Becky Lynn, reveals the three most common symptoms Dr. Becky’s menopause and sexual health practice encounters.
Dr. Heather Hirsch is board-certified in internal medicine and gynecology with a focus on menopausal hormone therapy, sexual dysfunction, urinary incontinence, and other women’s health training. Dr. Becky Lynn is a board-certified gynecologist, and a trained sexual counselor, and a menopause provider.
3 Most Common Menopause Symptoms of Menopause-Treated Patients:
- Low sex libido – women are not as easily aroused due to reasons like hormone changes, the loss of estrogen and testosterone.
- Painful sex – vaginal dryness, vaginal tightness, and vaginal irritation can result due to hormone changes and conditions that genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM) causes like vaginal atrophy.
- Weight gain – abdomen weight gain can result from a variety of reasons like a drop in estrogen levels, low-quality sleep, metabolism changes, and changes in muscle tone.
The iconic and more commonly discussed symptoms typically reduce or resolve over time for women. Low sex libido, painful sex, and weight gain tend to linger and can improve with treatment. These symptoms cause physical changes, emotional grief, and impact on sexual health. They often go undertreated and without in-depth discussion because of the lack of general physician specialty, the slowness to refer to a specialist, or the lack of comfort women have today on these topics.
Thankfully, specialists such as Evora Women’s Health and resources like The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) or the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWH) exist. With more awareness, education, research, training of clinicians or doctors, and effective solutions to manage treatment affordably, a focus on women’s pelvic and sexual health is increasing.
Women can more confidently discuss symptoms like these and with the research and evidence-based solutions evolving, learn how to retrain their body and mind for improved intimate health.
This podcast will give awareness about menopause and what is normal and not-so-normal in this critical stage of mid-life. Also, learn about tools and techniques Dr. Becky recommends to overcome these menopause-related obstacles. Reclaim your pelvic and intimate health at midlife!
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Disclaimer: This blog is for educational purposes only but does not replace the guidance of your healthcare provider. The views and opinions in this podcast are of the individual speaking in each video and intended to give the viewer general educational content. These viewpoints should not be attributed to Materna Medical or its affiliates like Milli.