Menopausal Symptoms and Their Management
And what we have discovered is that indigestion and gastric reflux is actually one of the really common symptoms of the menopause. An awful lot of women are actually getting this.
It is important to know the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer. These can include bloating, frequent urination (with no infection), back pain, heartburn, pain during intercourse and unexplained bleeding. Ovarian cancer is difficult to detect in the early stages.
Approximately 497 women between the ages of 25 and 60 years completed the surveys. The prevalence of GERD symptoms was high in this sample. Almost 42% of perimenopausal and 47% of menopausal participants complained of upper GI symptoms. Although perimenopausal and menopausal women had higher percentages of GERD diagnosis as compared to premenopausal women, 80% of the perimenopausal and menopausal groups had never been diagnosed with an upper GI disorder.
I did notice an improvement during those months but the idea of a lifetime commitment to taking this drug bothered me so I researched other alternative ways to cope with it, which did help a little but by any means, do not prevent the GERD symptoms from occurring. An important question is whether women who have cognitive difficulties during the menopause transition are at greater risk for cognitive impairment later in life.
As a young adult, the heartburn became like an inner furnace in my chest. Then I was pregnant and so when I complained to the doctor I was told that it is a fact of life because of my situation. Living on antacids became routine. Eating small meals, sleeping high on cushions during the years of childbirth was acceptable.
Theyâ€™re not associating them with menopause. Theyâ€™re going to the doctor and the doctor is actually giving them stomach medication. Now, some of these stomach medications are called proton pump inhibitors. Theyâ€™re medication such as omeprazole.
But STILL I have problems. Now, thereâ€™s just one other thing that I would like to talk about here.
Many women in the UK take hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to reduce menopausal symptoms. But doctors don’t recommend taking HRT after breast cancer. Hormone therapy can cause menopausal symptoms even in women whose periods stopped some years before being diagnosed with breast cancer.
At menopause I started to get constant indigestion, and have just started on a proton pump inhibitor. I know this is supposed to be courageous stories and I am doing my best to be brave.
She may be taking on new responsibilities as a caregiver to her parents or in-laws, a well-known risk factor for depression. Although these factors do not likely cause depression on their own, they can certainly contribute and should be considered, particularly if supportive resources may be of help (Box 1). These findings are strongly suggestive of a hormonal link between perimenopausal and menopausal states and increasing GERD symptoms.
They say “oh ya, GERD is just heartburn, no big deal” but to me, it is. When I was 12 my tummy aches became severe and I spent the next 10 years being tested to see what was wrong. In 1996 my new doctor realized that I did not have an esophageal sphincter and in early 1997 I had fundoplication surgery to help manage the acid that kept going up my throat. The surgery came undone less than a year later.
How to treat headaches and nausea during menopause
Estrogen helps keep cortisol levels low. High levels of cortisol are known to slow digestion. As estrogen levels decline during perimenopause or menopause, cortisol levels rise, slowing digestion. This can leave many women feeling bloated or constipated and some may experience routine abdominal pain and discomfort.
In 2009, I was managing our family business. I’m such a workaholic.