Did you know that women are just as likely to get kidney stones as men??? I don’t know why, but there is a perception that women don’t get stones as often as men. But we all have two kidneys, which is where stones originate.
Stones are literally just that: rocks. If you have never actually seen a kidney stone, they look exactly like rocks. They are made of minerals that crystallize in the kidneys and then conglomerate together to form a stone. As long as the stones are sitting up in your kidney, they usually don’t cause any pain. But if they decide to pass and start heading down the urinary tract, look out. It is the worst pain that humans endure. Women who have had natural childbirth and have a passed a kidney stone will tell you that they would much rather have a baby any day!
You do not want a kidney stone! As much as a I love stone surgery (laser surgery is like playing a video game, all that time playing Ms. Pac-man is paying off now, Mom), I know you don’t want to have to go through that. Here’s how to prevent them:
If you have a family history of stones, you are more prone to get one yourself, so get on this! If you have ever had a stone, you have a 10% chance each year thereafter that you will get another one.
Be healthy and hydrated!!
Ah, menopause. It makes you think about hot flashes and weight gain, but do you know about the common urological and pelvic health problems it creates? Some women experience virtually no symptoms, others’ symptoms are severe, and there are plenty of women in between. But, when your estrogen levels drop, chances are you will notice some not so nice changes in both your vagina and your overall sexual health.
Declining hormone levels are to blame. Estrogen maintains the fluids that keep your vaginal lining thick and elastic. When hormone levels drop, they often take with them vaginal moisture, sexual desire and bladder control. Sounds pretty bad, doesn’t it? There are ways to ease the symptoms, though, and we can help.
Here are four of the most common urological problems due to menopause, and what you can do about them:
Cheers to a healthy you!
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