The post-partum period, or the time after giving birth, is packed with emotions and excitement. In most cases, the focus naturally shifts from your own body to the health and needs of your new baby.
Osteoporosis stands for “porous bones.” Osteoporosis occurs when the rate of bone resorption outweighs the rate of bone formation. In result, the bones become weak over time and may fracture more easily. Contrary to what you may think, osteoporosis is not a condition that is limited to elderly adults. In fact, it is not uncommon for women to suffer from post-menopausal osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis can develop in women after menopause due to the decrease in estrogen that results from this transitional phase of a woman’s life. Menopause can bring on a number of unwanted changes as the menstrual cycle comes to an end and hormones take a drastic shift. However, among night sweats and mood swings, menopausal women can also suffer from consequences to their bone health. When osteoporosis develops, women can be especially prone to fractures in the hips and spine and have a hard time healing if a bone injury occurs.
Lowering Your Risk
Not all women who go through menopause will get osteoporosis. In fact, there are some things you can do to lessen your risk. This will be important if you already have a genetic predisposition for osteoporosis, which includes a family history as well as features such as light hair, blue eyes and a slight build.
If you are approaching menopause and want to lower you risk of osteoporosis, take heed to the following:
Measuring Your Current Bone Health
Not sure if you have post-menopausal osteoporosis? At North Pointe OB/GYN, we can help you determine your risk factors for this condition as well as recommend proper screening for any bone deterioration that may have already occurred. This is done using duel-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) technology, which gives an accurate measurement of your bone density. For more information about Post-Menopausal Osteoporosis, contact one of our skilled gynecologists in Cumming.
You Might Also Enjoy...
If you’ve perused the grocery store aisle of feminine hygiene, you are likely to find a host of products that are marketed for “vaginal health” or freshness. Find out more learn about Vaginal ‘Health’ Products on this blog.
Have you ever been told to use a backup birth control method if you are taking antibiotics? It is always best to play it safe.
Would you want to know ahead of time that your unborn baby has Down syndrome, cystic fibrosis or a heart defect? Not all pregnant women will answer the same.
On the fence about going to your gynecologist? Here are some big reasons to keep that visit a priority this year.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month is still several months away, but that doesn’t mean you can forget about this serious disease until then. At North Pointe Ob/Gyn, we consider it our job to educate women about breast cancer all year long.