Painful Relations Past Menopause. Is it all related to Hormonal Imbalance?
This is Part 3 of our 3-part series on Menopause. ICYMI - be sure to catch up on parts 1 and 2 (links below) where Dr. Kimberly Langdon covered UTIs and VVA and how they are linked to Menopause. And now, Part 3:
Even though menopause brings on many changes for women, most of them are manageable. One problem, however, is often ignored until it becomes advanced. It is called vulvovaginal atrophy (VVA). It is also known as genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM) because the lining of the bladder can be affected as well.View Post
In menopause, dryness is usually one of many symptoms of VVA. Another term is ‘genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM)’ because the bladder is affected by the low estrogen status related to menopause.
There is an association between VVA and painful intercourse, called dyspareunia, which is estimated to affect around half of all women at some point in their lives. Inadequate lubrication is a common cause of dyspareunia which is defined as recurrent or persistent pain with sexual activity that causes marked distress.View Post
Lower urinary tract infections (UTIs) or bladder infections (cystitis) are infections caused by a bacterium, virus, or fungus; the latter two are rare except in hospitalized patients who have catheters in their bladders. Almost 50% of women have a urinary tract infection in their lifetimes. Recurrent UTIs (rUTIs) are more common after menopause. Upper urinary tract infections involve the kidneys and ureters and can lead to dangerous sepsis or infections of the blood stream. The only safe way to treat a lower UTI is with a prescription oral antibiotic. Most infections are cleared with antibiotics in 3-7 days.
UTIs are very painful and people who have them report frequency of urination, urgency, dribbling, burning or stinging with urination, cloudy or blood-tinged urine, and incomplete emptying. The good news is that they can often be prevented and treated quickly. Read more!
Do you suffer from an overactive bladder? If you answered yes, know that you are not alone. Urinary incontinence is a fact of life for many people, women in particular, sometimes even before the onset of menopause. View Post
If you’re someone who’s interested in herbal benefits, you won’t want to overlook what Ashitaba has to offer you. This plant has been around for many, many years, and is often considered to be one of the top medicinal plants available today. It’s sometimes dubbed the ‘longevity herb’ because it has so many healing qualities and those who use it may help themselves live a longer life.
This plant is also extremely fast-growing. If you break off a leaf one day, plant it that afternoon, typically, by the next morning, you might already be able to see the sprout growing. This means that it can be found in abundance and the chances that it becomes hard to source are really quite low.View Post
Times are changing and gone are the days where fat was viewed as the enemy. Now we know very well that fat can fuel the body and serve to provide many health benefits as well.
This said, it all does come down to which type of fat you’re eating. Eat the wrong fats and you’ll actually do yourself a disservice and cause health problems.
Eat the right fat and it’s going to do wonders for your health and well-being. Today we’re here to talk about one fat in particular that you definitely need to get on the bandwagon with if you aren’t already. That fat? Omega-3 fatty acids.View Post
Mental health is sadly a very underrated element of health that people consider. We’re very wrapped up in heart disease, stroke, as well as diabetes, and doing all we can to prevent these, on a regular basis. View Post
To promote strong bones, your diet is extremely important. The foods you eat on a day to day basis will have a strong influence over your health going forward, so let’s take a closer look at some of the most important bone-boosting choices to include in your menu. View Post