Gynecologic Health

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about prevention and wellness for women.

Are there any lifestyle practices that can complicate menopause?

Dr. J. Scott Bembry discusses why menopause symptoms may worsen with conditions like sleep apnea, weight gain and not exercising. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


Certainly symptoms can be worse if there are other things going on. That’s why it’s important to be evaluated. You might complain about menopause symptoms, but you might have a condition such as sleep apnea. Other issues can also exacerbate the way you feel.

As far as lifestyle changes, obviously weight gain, not getting adequate exercise and not getting adequate sleep are going to worsen the symptoms of menopause. along with your general feeling of well-being.

    Source: Rashmi Bolinjkar, MD, Upper Valley Womens Center; Jeremy Crouch, MD, Womens Health Specialists and Midwives of Dayton; Heather Hilkowitz, MD, Hilltop Obstetrics and Gynecology; Amanda Fox, CNP, Dulan and Moore Dulan Family Wellness Center; Kathryn Lorenz, MD, Hyatt Family Care; William Rush, MD, Lifestages Samaritan Centers for Women; Jerome Yaklic, MD, Wright State Physicians Obstetrics and Gynecology; Mansi Amin, DO, SureCare Medical Center; Amy Renshaw, MD, Center for Womens Health and Wellness; J. Scott Bembry, Premier OB/GYN; L. William Rettig, III, MD,Lifestages Centers for Women; Elyse Weber, PA, Lifestages Centers for Women; Rhonda Washington, MD, Center for Womens Health and Wellness; Stacy Hudepohl, CNM, Center for Womens Health and Wellness; Larry Holland, DO, Premier Womens Center

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