women will experience menopause, on average, three years sooner than
advancements in treatments, people are living longer with the virus,
with many of them expecting to live well into their 70s so long as
they take the drug regimen. This means they are going to face
aging-related issues that affect their reproductive and sexual health
– menopause included.
why doctors and other healthcare professionals need to be mindful of
American Menopause Society Medical Director Dr. Stephanie Faubion
said it’s imperative those in the healthcare field understand the
increased chance for early and premature menopause in females with
HIV to give them proper counseling and manage their symptoms.
woman who goes through early menopause has an increased risk for
negative long-term health problems that have been tied to the early
deficiency in estrogen.
average age for North American (U.S. and Canada) women experience
menopause is 50 to 52 years.
look at over 200 Canadian women found HIV-positive women were liable
to go through menopause around 48 years old, which is three years
less than women without HIV. They also had higher rates of premature
and early menopause.
also found that hepatitis C and lower education levels increased the
chance for early menopause. Where a person was born, and their
marital status also plays a role in early menopause.
is tied to changes in sexual function and mood, decreases one’s
quality of life and raises the chances for diseases such as
osteoporosis and heart disease. This is why, researchers say, it’s
important doctors, and healthcare professionals help their
HIV-positive women understand menopause.
investigators looked at the results of 229 postmenopausal women, a
study that was put together by University of Toronto Infectious
Disease Specialist Dr. Nisha Andany.
Other studies have revealed that HIV-positive women were at a higher risk for premature and early menopause. However, researchers feel this is the first study to figure out the average menopause age for HIV patients and the frequency of premature and early menopause.