Some health conditions and problems are more common after menopause, including osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease.
Osteoporosis after menopause
Everybody’s bones get weaker as they get older. But the change is faster in women after menopause.
This can lead to osteoporosis, in which the bones are thinner and weaker than they should be.
Women with osteoporosis have a higher than average risk of breaking bones, especially those in the wrist, hip or spine.
Heart disease after menopause
Cardiovascular disease is any disease of the heart or blood vessels, including heart attacks and strokes. It is usually caused by blocked arteries, and is more common in people with heart disease or strokes in the family, who smoke, who are overweight and who get little exercise.
Cardiovascular disease is more common in women after menopause than before it.
Please speak to your doctor if your are concerned.
Not sure what to do next?
If you are still concerned about post menopause, why not use healthdirect’s online Symptom Checker to get advice on when to seek medical attention.
The Symptom Checker guides you to the next appropriate healthcare steps, whether it’s self care, talking to a health professional, going to a hospital or calling triple zero (000).
Last reviewed: July 2015