Experts: Women who think they have ‘long-term Covid’ may have another disease!
Experts say women who think they have “long-term Covid disease” may actually be suffering from menopausal symptoms.
Doctors warn that the symptoms of both are very similar – fatigue, muscle pain and brain fog.
Monitoring data show that the majority of people with long-term COVID-19 are women. Dr. Louise Newson, general practitioner and menopause expert at Solihull, said women suffering from these mysterious ailments may simply need menopausal medication.
Newson told The Telegraph: “There is no diagnostic test for ‘protracted Covid’ and the symptoms are often very similar to menopause. First, the obvious things, like whether they really go through menopause.”
She added: “I would be very happy to be wrong if none of them got better after HRT, but at the moment, no one is considering this as an opportunity.”
Menopause occurs when a woman stops menstruating — usually between the ages of 45 and 55 — and is a normal part of aging. It is caused by decreased levels of hormones such as estrogen.
About seven out of ten women experience symptoms that can be severe and disrupt daily life. These include sleep problems, dizziness and headaches, which coincide with the “long-term Covid” illness.
But it’s not just the vague symptoms and similar demographics that lead experts to think that some women who have had Covid for a long time are already going through menopause.
Newson also believes Covid infection could push women into early menopause.
After contracting Covid or receiving a vaccine, thousands of women have reported a change in their menstrual cycle.
However, studies have shown that while women may have a few days longer periods after taking two doses, this is only temporary.
In addition to Covid, other infections such as mumps, tuberculosis and malaria can lead to early menopause.
Newson said: “Since the beginning, many women have said that their periods have changed, but we also know that any infection can affect our ovaries. The first thing our ovaries do is shut down, which is normal, but that could mean that the body no longer makes “The right hormones and you can go perimenopause. We’ve seen a lot of women in the clinic who are going through perimenopause.”
The doctor advised the women to monitor their symptoms and the days they felt “nervous, tired or in pain” and see if they worsened over time.
Source: Daily Mail