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Women as We Age

Menopause

Menopause marks the time when a woman stops having a monthly menstrual period. All women go through menopause, typically between the ages of 40 and 55. During this period of change, both physical and mental changes occur. Women in menopause and post-menopausal women have unique health issues and concerns.

Our Caring for Women providers specialize in menopausal issues. In addition, we offer a number of community education programs regarding menopause throughout the year.

To make an appointment with a Caring for Women provider, please call 527-1855. For information on upcoming Community Education Programs, please call 527-7120.

Osteoporosis

Women as we ageIn the United States, 10 million people, including 8 million men, are estimated to have osteoporosis. Yet this dangerous disease is widely under-recognized and under-treated.

Bone density testing is a safe, accurate, and painless way to measure your bone density and predict your risk of future fracture. Lakes Region General Hospital and The Laconia Clinic both have new, state-of-the-art bone density testing equipment. This service is also available at Franklin Regional Hospital. And with physician referral, most insurance plans cover bone density testing.

Osteoporosis is not a natural part of aging—it is both preventable and treatable. If you are a man or a woman over the age of 65, please ask your primary care provider whether you are a candidate for a bone density test.

Take the necessary steps today to protect your bones—it’s never too early or too late to start.

To schedule an appointment for a bone density test, please talk with your primary care provider and ask for a referral. For more information about osteoporosis, please call the LRGHealthcare Education Department at 527-7120.

Incontinence

More than 13 million people in the United States experience incontinence. Women experience incontinence twice as often as men. Menopause, pregnancy and childbirth, plus the structure of a women’s urinary tract account for the difference.

We are fortunate to have a urogynecology specialist in our local community. Women suffering from incontinence or other urinary complications can feel comfortable knowing that they can get the highest standard of care at Caring for Women.

In addition, our Rehabilitation Services offers programs to work with women suffering from incontinence issues. Bladder problems are not a natural part of growing older or an unavoidable aftereffect of giving birth. There are resources available in our local community to help.