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Menopause Gives Women a Chance to Focus on Overall Health, Wellness
05/17/2010

BEDFORD, Texas — Every day, an estimated 6,000 U.S. women reach menopause, according to the North American Menopause Society (NAMS).

Dr. Linda Prentice
Dr. Linda Prentice

“Each woman’s experience with menopause, her medical history and health are unique,” said Dr. Linda Prentice, an obstetrician/gynecologist on the medical staff at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford. “All are factors that need to be considered to determine the best treatment for women during this stage of life.”

Symptoms of menopause, ranging from mild to severe and spanning up to five years or more, can include:

  • Hot flashes
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Memory and concentration changes
  • Mood swings, depression and anxiety
  • Heart palpitations
  • Joint pain
  • Changes in skin, hair and eyes
  • Headaches

For some women, hormone therapy can be prescribed to help alleviate menopausal symptoms and potentially provide additional health benefits later in life. However, hormone therapy is not a one-size-fits-all approach. According to some studies, hormone therapy can adversely affect health for some women by contributing to such diseases as breast cancer, uterine cancer and hypertension.

The impending physical, emotional and social changes associated with menopause might cause some women to wish they could avoid making the transition, but it can also become a gateway to better health.

“Women begin focusing on what’s happening to their bodies,” Prentice said, “which tends to lead them to think more about issues related to their health.”

Staying informed about health issues associated with menopause and later stages of life for women is one way women can make the most out of menopause. Many of the decisions a woman makes during menopause will have an effect on her health for the rest of her life.

For more information, visit the North American Menopause Society’s website at menopause.org.

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford is a 296-bed, acute-care facility serving Northeast Tarrant County since 1973. The hospital’s services include outpatient surgery, women’s services, a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, a dedicated oncology care unit, cardiac rehabilitation and psychiatric and addiction treatment. Texas Health HEB is an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/HEB.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. Texas Health’s system of 13 hospitals includes Texas Health Harris Methodist, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, Texas Health Presbyterian, and an organization for medical research and education. Texas Health is a partner in eight additional hospitals or surgery centers. Texas Health Physicians Group provides a variety of models for engagement with physicians. Texas Health Partners is a joint venture development and management company owned by Texas Health Resources. Texas Health MedSynergies is a joint venture that offers physicians a range of office management and other business services to support their practices. Texas SingleSource Staffing is a joint venture designed to help Texas Health hospitals improve patient care by recruiting and retaining quality nurses and allied healthcare professionals. For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

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