Associated Conditions of Menopause


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About associated conditions: Associated conditions are those which appear statistically related, but do not have a clear cause or effect relationship. Whereas the complications are caused by Menopause, and underlying causes may be causes of Menopause, the following list shows associated conditions that simply appear with higher frequency in people who have Menopause. In some cases, there may be overlap between this list and risk factors for Menopause. People with Menopause may be more likely to get a condition on the list of associated conditions, or the reverse may be true, or both. Whether they are causes of, caused by, or simply coincidentally related to Menopause is not always clear. For general information, see Associated Condition Misdiagnosis.

Associated conditions list: The list of conditions mentioned by various sources as associated with Menopause includes:

Menopause as a risk factor: Another type of associated condition is one for which Menopause is itself a risk factor. The conditions for which Menopause is listed as a risk factor includes:


Associated conditions: There may be a connection between HIV/AIDS and women in menopause. For example, women who are no longer worried about getting pregnant may be less likely to use a condom and practice safe sex. Some menopausal women have vaginal dryness and thinning. This means they are more likely to have small tears and abrasions during sex. This can put women at greater risk for HIV. Because women may live longer than men and because of the rising rate of divorce, there are a large number of widowed, divorced, or separated women starting to date. Because many of these women do not understand how HIV/AIDS is spread, they may be at risk.1

Footnotes:
1. excerpt from HIV, AIDS, and Older People - Age Page - Health Information: NIA

Last revision: June 3, 2003

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