While menopause can have a significant impact on a woman’s physical, mental, and sexual health, one third of women never discuss these health concerns with their doctors, according to a recent survey. The WebMD/ Healthy Women-sponsored survey also found that about 75 percent of perimenopausal and menopausal women are experiencing six or more menopause-related symptoms. The most prevalent of these reported symptoms were:
Despite the many benefits of testosterone replacement therapy, some men remain wary of the treatment due to concerns about the possible link between testosterone and prostate cancer. While research from the 1940s seemed to indicate a correlation between higher testosterone levels and prostate cancer growth, research in recent years has been refuting this link. Some studies are even finding that there seems to be a greater risk of prostate cancer in men with low testosterone levels.
Menopause, that inevitable change of life that affects all women as mid-life decreases in estrogen contribute to myriad physiological changes that can affect the cardiovascular, genitourinary, and vascular systems, as well as impact the skin, bones, and mental well-being. Common physiological-related symptoms include hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, fatigue, weight gain, vaginal dryness, painful sex, and pelvic dysfunction, while psychosocial symptoms can include depression, anxiety, and poor body image.