Post-menopause is the period of time after the menopause. The post-menopause is the time after which a woman has experienced twelve consecutive months of amenorrhea (absence of menstruation) without a period. The average length of the post-menopause has been increasing accordingly to life expectancy because with longer life expectancy, a woman will be postmenopausal about a third of her life (on average). During post-menopause, your hormones do not fluctuate any longer and because of this will remain at a constant low level.
Symptoms of post-menopause
Some women might still experience some symptoms even in post-menopause. However, everything should become better and better with time. You may be at increased risk for the following conditions after menopause:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Depression and other mental health conditions
- Changes in vaginal health; such as vaginal dryness
Suggestions and lifestyle to deal with those conditions can be found on each symptom individually listed on the “34 Symptoms” article.
During post-menopause, it’s important to stay on top of your health and wellness. Here are some suggestions for you to maintain your health in this phase of life:
- Watch your diet, eat healthy foods. Eat foods that give you a balanced diet, for example- no empty calories. Eating whole nutritious foods and avoiding excess salts and sugars is important! In other words, avoid processed food!
- With all the changes that come with the menopause, calcium and vitamin D are essential. Ask your doctor about supplements.
- Exercise regularly. Make sure you get aerobic exercise and engage in strength training and load-bearing exercise. Your bones will thank you.
- See your doctor regularly. Annual visits to your doctor will help you monitor any changes in your health. In addition, You should talk to your doctor if you notice any shifts/difference in your body or if symptoms from the menopause years. And keep yourself checked if you take HRT.
- Cut out bad habits. Don’t smoke, and limit your alcohol consumption.