1. Pelvic Organ Prolapse
When you’re younger, your pelvic muscles do a pretty good job of contracting and keeping everything in place. But after menopause those muscles can weaken, causing the bladder, uterus, rectum, or vagina to droop downward. In severe cases, one or more of those organs can hang out of your body like a ball, which can rub on your clothes and cause bleeding, pain, and other discomfort. It can also make it very hard to empty your bladder or bowels.
Low estrogen levels can affect your hormones, specifically the stress hormone cortisol and the hunger hormone called ghrelin. As the levels of these hormones fluctuate, so does your insulin level.
With the constant changes in your appetite and sugar level, two things happen to your body: intensified cravings for sweets and increased resistance to insulin.
Rapid bone loss after menopause isn’t that fatal. However, since it can still put your safety at risk, it’s something you have to be prepared for. Exercise is one of the best ways to decrease the rate of bone loss during the said period.
This is a condition that can cause the various organs of your body to experience inflammation. It can be triggered by any drastic hormonal changes,such as during the menopausal period.
5. Uterine Cancer
According to the Center for Disease Control in Prevention, more than 50,000 American women were diagnosed with uterine cancer in 2013. In the same year, over 9,000 women died from the disease.
Uterine cancer commonly happens among women going through or have gone through menopause.
6. Vaginal Atrophy
With the decreased lubrication and changes in your hormones, your vaginal wall can thin out and lose its firmness. It can even become inflamed after sexual intercourse.
Over time, these changes can lead to vaginal atrophy. In some cases, it can even make urinating very painful, too.
The increased levels of bad cholesterol can put you at a higher risk for hypertension or high blood pressure. This is something you have to closely monitor since hypertension can lead to a lot of health problems.
It’s closely associated with kidney failure and heart problems.
8. Heart diseases
Shortness of breath and hot flushes are very common during menopause. These symptoms are manifestations of a weaker heart too.
As your estrogen level drops, your heart also loses its ability to expand and contract without difficulty. This makes your heart more fragile and at risk for several heart issues, including enlarged heart and blocked arteries