Menopause and Dermotological (Skin) Diseases
With the prolongation of human life, women now spend one third of their lives in the post-menopausal period. It is known that in postmenopausal women, the skin becomes thinner, wrinkles increase, wounds become easier and heal later. The reversible effects of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) on changes in the structure and functions of the skin are also shown. The effects of oestrogen existing before menopause on the skin.
- Increases the skin thickness,
- Collagen production increases,
- Collagen breakdown is reduced,
- Sebum production decreases,
- Vasodilation (blood supply) increases.
Therefore, dryness increases in the postmenopausal period with decreasing of oestrogen. Due to the decrease in collagen, sagging and thinning of the skin accelerates. Also, decreasing oestrogen causes hair loss.
Apart from all these, with the effect of decreasing oestrogen with menopause, several dermatological problems also occur in the genital area. Burning, itching, tenderness and pain in the relationship occurs in the external genital area and vaginal part, which dries out with the lack of oestrogen. The skin of the genital area becomes thinner and tender. This causes more vulvovaginal infections (especially candida and urinary tract infections).
For all these reasons, low-dose hormone therapy in menopause will help the woman to improve skin problems and provide a better quality, more confident life process.