Menopause is a stage of life when women and (men as far as that goes) go through the “change of life” at mid age. However, there are fears that comes up in a woman’s mind as to what kind of changes that she will be experiencing. For some woman such as myself when it happed I didn’t have a clue. This is where she will need to take action and get informed and learn of the various terms of menopause in order to be aware of what is going on. Plus this will eliminate a lot of frustration and stress. Then she will be able to build a strong wellness plan and self-improvement for her lifestyle.
Actonel®: Also known as risedronate, Actonel® is a drug that has been shown to build back done density to help protect bones that are vulnerable to fracture. Actonel® is used to treat and prevent osteoporosis in postmenopausal women, to increase bone mass in men with osteoporosis, and to treat other forms of bone mass loss in men and women.
Adjuvant therapy: Treatment provided in addition to the primary treatment.
Alternative medicine: Practices not generally recognized by the medical community as standard or conventional medical approaches.
Alzheimer’s disease: A progressive disease in which nerve cells in the brain degenerate and brain matter shrinks, resulting in impaired thinking, behavior, and memory.
Amenorrhea: The absence of a woman’s monthly period.
Androgens: A group of hormones that promote the development and maintenance of male sex characteristics.
Antidepressants: Medications used to treat depression.
Anti-hypertensive drugs: Medications used to treat high blood pressure.
Anti-inflammatory drugs: Drugs that reduce inflammation (swelling).
Anxiety: A feeling of apprehension, fear, nervousness, or dread accompanied by restlessness or tension.
Atherosclerosis: Also called hardening of the arteries, this is a disease characterized by a narrowing of the arteries caused by cholesterol-rich plaques. Atherosclerosis is a common cause of coronary artery disease or heart disease.
Biofeedback: A method of learning to voluntarily control certain body functions such as heartbeat, blood pressure, and muscle tension with the help of a special machine. This method can help control pain.
Birth control: A way for men and women to prevent pregnancy. Methods include birth control pills, rings, condoms, vaginal spermicides, intrauterine devices (IUDs) and vasectomy.
Bisphosphonates: A group of drugs used to treat osteoporosis and the bone pain caused by some types of cancer.
Bladder: The sac that holds urine.
Bladder prolapse: A condition in which the bladder moves downward from its normal position. It is usually caused by a weakness in the pelvic floor after childbirth.
Bone mineral density (BMD): A term used to describe the amount of calcium present in bone.
Breast cancer: A disease in which abnormal cells in the breast divide and multiply in an uncontrolled fashion. The cells can invade nearby tissue and can spread through the bloodstream and lymphatic system (lymph nodes) to other parts of the body.
Perhaps some of these menopause terms you may be familiar with but when your doctor is addressing the needs of your condition and your symptoms this will give you a clearer understanding as to what he is speaking about. It is advised that you keep your appointment and do follow-up appointments and take a checklist with you to address your needs.
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Menopause-What you need to know
To read part 1 of menopause terms click here. There will be a continuation of menopause terms words you need to know in the next post.
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Data Source: http://www.clevelandclinic.org