By Sara E. Looby
During midlife, many women begin to experience symptoms related to menopause such as mood swings, sleep problems, and hot flashes. These symptoms can be bothersome and interfere with the quality of life.
Women with HIV may already experience depressed mood, sleep problems, and hot flashes/night sweats related to HIV or social/medical conditions before entering menopause. For this reason, it is hard to know if these symptoms are related to menopause or HIV. It is also unclear if HIV is affecting menopause symptoms or if menopause is affecting HIV symptoms. This uncertainty may be upsetting to women with HIV at midlife.
What Does Research Show?
Findings from these studies are important as they can help healthcare providers and women with HIV work together to identify symptoms and discuss ways to improve symptoms at midlife.
These findings also help researchers identify future topics for study so we can learn more about symptoms of midlife women with HIV.
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