Lets’s face it most us hate going to the doctors. One, some of the tests can be unpleasant, two, it can often take too long, as who actually gets seen at their allotted appointment time these days? But three, sometimes we just think that they might not be able to help and it is a waste of time and money.
I think this is the case for most women who are facing the onslaught of menopausal symptoms. In fact studies have shown that when it comes to menopause, women seek their doctors’ help even less than in other situations. Listen, I totally understand why, but ladies it might be time to face the facts and stop avoiding the subject.
Here are some reasons why you should go and seek your doctor’s advice about menopause symptoms.
It’s not going away – Many women believe that visiting the doctor is a waste of time because there literally is nothing they can do, it’s the way it is and we should just suck it up! However, depending on how severe your symptoms are you definitely should not just leave things to nature. In fact, what have you got to lose? Why put up with something that may be affecting your everyday life if your doctor could offer a solution? Listen it’s worth the visit, after all nothing ventured, nothing gained!
The risk of other health problems – Did you know that menopause brings on more health issues than just hot flashes? You can be more susceptible to osteoporosis, heart disease and cancer.
Osteoporosis – Estrogen plays an important role in bone health, therefore during and after menopause women are very susceptible to osteoporosis. Osteoporosis can lead to fractures, pain, curvature of the spine and loss of height.
Heart Disease – After reaching menopause, heart disease kills 11 times more women every year than breast cancer. The problems associated with heart disease, such as high blood pressure and hardening of the arteries can also lead to problems such as stroke or diabetes.
Cancer – Women who experience menopause over the age of 55 are at much greater risk for ovarian, breast, and uterine cancers, as studies have linked these cancers with lengthy exposure to estrogen and more than average ovulations.
Knowing your options – Menopause can cause hot flashes, vaginal dryness, urinary problems, mood swings and loss of sex drive. If any of these symptoms are making your professional or personal life difficult then your doctor should be able to help.
Here’s the best piece of advice though, IF YOUR DOCTOR DOESN’T LISTEN FIND ANOTHER ONE WHO WILL! There are so many products on the market that can help with all of the above. Be proactive in your approach to the menopause, don’t just sit back and believe that this is the way it is.
Rule of thumb – Don’t be embarrassed to seek advice and if a symptom is affecting your everyday life find a solution!