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    Lubricants- Vaginal lubricants work by reducing the friction associated with thin, dry genital tissue. They are applied to the vagina and vulva before sex. Lubricants are not absorbed into the skin, and provide temporary relief from vaginal dryness and related pain during sex. Women who only experience vaginal dryness during sex may consider using lubricants. Lubricants can be water-based, silicone-based, or oil-based.
    Moisturizers- Vaginal moisturizers reduce friction that sex can cause as a result of vaginal atrophy. Moisturizers are absorbed into the skin and cling to the vaginal lining in a way that is similar to natural secretions. Moisturizers are applied regularly, not just before sex, and their effects typically last a few days. Moisturizers maintain vaginal moisture and acidity, they are particularly appropriate for midlife women who are bothered by symptoms of vaginal dryness outside of sexual activity. Women who regularly use moisturizers may still choose to use lubricant before sex.
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Friday, April 8

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    If these changes become bothersome or persistent, they may be the result of a more serious condition; Atrophic Vaginitis, or Vulovanginal Atrophy.8 These conditions may occur in the early stages of perimenopause, or after several years of reduced estrogen levels. Many women who experience this may choose to take estrogen therapy to help offset unpleasantness.
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    "The Change". The following site also gives information pertaining to alternative solutions to help facilitate going through "The Change".
    Loss of muscle tone- Estrogen helps maintain muscle tone. As estrogen levels decline, muscle tone decreases.
    Pelvic relaxation- Muscles in the pelvic area may loose tone, and the uterus, bladder and bowel wall may sag. Mild relaxation should have little or no noticeable symptoms. More serious cases will have noticeable symptoms requiring medical attention.
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    This site provides detailed information regarding menopause and aging. It has been created in part to enhance the Western Illinois University first annual Women's Health Fair.
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    If these changes become bothersome or persistent, they may be the result of a more serious condition; Atrophic Vaginitis, or Vulovanginal Atrophy.8 These conditions may occur in the early stages of perimenopause, or after several years of reduced estrogen levels. Many women who experience this may choose to take estrogen therapy to help offset unpleasantness.
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    {menopause-signs.gif} click on the following for more information on going through "The Change". The following site also gives information pertaining to alternative solutions to help facilitate going through "The Change".
    Loss of muscle tone- Estrogen helps maintain muscle tone. As estrogen levels decline, muscle tone decreases.
    Pelvic relaxation- Muscles in the pelvic area may loose tone, and the uterus, bladder and bowel wall may sag. Mild relaxation should have little or no noticeable symptoms. More serious cases will have noticeable symptoms requiring medical attention.
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    This site provides detailed information regarding menopause and aging. It has been created in part to enhance the Western Illinois University first annual Women's Health Fair.
    Overview
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    Bladder and Urinary Changes
    Urinary Incontinence
    Urinary incontinence is loss of bladder control. Chronic cough, obesity, menopause and frequent constipation can make urinary incontinence even worse.18
    Key Terms
    Menopause- Menopause is defined as the final menstruation period. When a women has lived twelve consecutive months without experiencing a menstrual cycle, she has undergone Menopause. Most women experience menopause between ages 40 and 60.
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    The following clip is a brief overview on aging and mental health.
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    The heart becomes weaker over time and does not work as efficiently. Even though the same amount of blood is being pumped through the body, the heart must work harder. As women age blood vessels may lose elasticity and harden due to fatty deposits building up. The loss of elasticity and the deposits make the arteries stiffer and can lead to high blood pressure amongst other issues.18
    High blood pressure
    The heart muscle weakens and has to work harder to pump blood through the body. Deposits may build up inside the arteries and cause the heart to work even harder.
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    As women age, calcium and phosphate minerals may be reabsorbed back into the body from the bones. The loss of calcium and phosphate in the bones makes them brittle and susceptible to fracture even when an injury has not occurred.16
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    Bladder and Urinary Changes
    Urinary Incontinence
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    Dalhouse University. (2011). Evaluation of health information on the Web. Retrieved March 2011 from Dalhouse University Inspiring Minds Libraries website. http://dal.ca.libguides.com/content.php?pid=88898
    U.S. National Library of Medicine. (2010). Aging changes in heart and blood vessels. Retrieved March 2011 from U.S. National Library of Medicine website. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/004006.htm
    MayoClinic. (2010). Aging: What to expect as you get older. Retrieved March 2011 from MayoClinic website. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/aging/HA00040
    Team Member Bios
    Doucette M. Alvarez obtained her BA in International Studies with an emphasis in global health in 2008 from The University of Iowa. She is currently working on her MS in Health Education with in emphasis in public health at Western Illinois University.
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