“While it’s normal to experience symptoms like these, women should visit their doctor if they notice any irregular bleeding patterns or very heavy or prolonged bleeding, as these could be signs of more serious problems,” Dr. Aronson says. “Additionally, if symptoms like hot flashes are causing a tremendous amount of insomnia that is affecting day-to-day activities, it is a good idea to talk to your physician.”
|Dr. Beth Aronson|
It is also important to note that certain health risks increase after menopause due to low levels of estrogen. Conditions that are more likely to occur after menopause include osteoporosis, heart disease, decreased bladder and bowel function and vision changes. “To prevent or control worsening of such conditions, women should continue having regular medical and vision check-ups,” she cautions. “Although the symptoms of menopause can be unpleasant, women can take some comfort in the fact that, through regular visits with their physicians, help is available.