Approaching menopause provides all kinds of new experiences – like figuring out that you may be experiencing gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). I got my wake-up call (literally) when I would started coughing and choking in the middle of the night. Marcia Menter in a recent More article entitled “How I Checked Out of the Heartburn Hotel” described the feeling as a “bad postnasal drip.”
So what causes this reaction? Menter noted that the lower escophageal sphincter loses its ability to keep the stomach contents in place right. This often happens right as women reach perimenopause or menopause. When the sphincter relaxes at the wrong time, digestive acid backs up into the esophagus.
So how can you prevent GERD from messing with your beauty sleep? One way is to look at your diet. I recently wrote a sharepost for HealthCentral’s diet and fitness site about what foods you should consider removing from your diet in order to avoid acid reflux . For inst...
Driving a car to the local mechanic to get it fixed is not the same thing as taking the human body into surgery; although, this "fix-it" attitude drives patients and surgeons alike towards surgical solutions. Lately, a growing number of people are undergoing low back surgery . A recent study examined the relationship between patient expectations and the actual outcomes from lumbar spine surgery. Because pre-surgical expectations do not always equate to the actual results, how can a person judge whether or not a surgery was successful? How can one predict surgical success?
Understanding the primary reasons for seeking surgical solutions is the first step towards discussing the likelihood of success. The top three causes for patients wanting lumbar surgery are: 1#, other therapies have failed to help; 2#, the pain is unbearable; 3#, walking has become difficult. Based on these reasons to see a surgeon, patients come to the operating room harboring certain expectations. Patients wa...
Perimenopause is the stage leading up to menopause. It can begin anytime after age 35 and lasts for an average of 4 years, however, for some women, this stage can be only a few months or could last much longer than 4 years. During perimenopause, hormonal fluctuations can cause irritability, mood swings, weight gain, anxiety and an increase in headaches.
Another symptom can be a decreased sex drive . This symptom can be frustrating and disappointing. For some, it can interfere with your relationship. Because perimenopause can begin years before menopause starts, you may not realize what is going on and why you suddenly have less interest in a sexual relationship. Make sure if you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed or your libido is lower than it was previously, talk with your doctor. There are tests that can be done to find out if you are entering the perimenopause stage.
Why Sexual Drive Decreases
During perimenopause, a number of changes in your body begi...
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