After menopause, women enter a new phase of their reproductive health. Post menopause is a period of life when a woman is free of the symptoms and aggravations of menstruation. Unfortunately, because of the decrease in estrogen, post menopause can lead to other health concerns like osteoporosis and heart disease. On the bright side, there are many ways for a post menopausal woman to stay healthy and active.
Post menopause is when a woman’s menstruation cycle has been absent for a full year. Balcones OB/GYN can perform blood tests at our Austin clinic to determine if a woman’s body has officially entered this phase of life. Typically, the age in which a woman experiences post menopause begins between their late forties to early sixties. The age can range widely depending on the woman, her health, lifestyle, genetics, and environmental factors. Post menopause is normally a natural process but can be triggered by a serious illness or major surgery, causing hormone levels to fluctuate.
Symptoms of Post Menopause
Due to estrogen levels dropping, women who are post menopausal are more likely to experience some of the following symptoms:
- Hot Flashes
- Urinary Incontinence
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Vaginal Dryness
- Vaginal Itching
- Weight Gain
How to Stay Healthy Post Menopause
If post menopause is suspected, a woman should consult Dr. Binford and her Austin team for guidance. Typically, Dr. Binford will suggest undertaking some, or all, of the following lifestyle changes.
Though exercise is recommended for everyone, it is especially important for post menopausal women. Exercise keeps the body healthy, helps strengthen muscles, keeps weight down, lowers blood pressure, and can help a woman sleep. Regular exercise can also help reduce stress and improve moods.
Stress on top of other post menopausal symptoms can aggravate or compound other symptoms associated with this stage in life. Not only can exercise reduce stress, but acupuncture, meditation, and an active social life have also been known to help keep women relaxed as well. Trying new things and taking up new hobbies can fill up a calendar and occupy the mind. For women with serious stress, setting up regular sessions with a counselor may be beneficial.
The diet for post menopausal women should be rich in vitamins and nutrients, as well as supplemented with foods containing estrogen. Fruit, nuts, soy products, whole grains, and legumes can all help meet this need.
Treatment alternatives may include acupuncture, aromatherapy, hypnosis, and massage for stress reduction. Herbal treatment for hormones may also be employed by the use of phyto-estrogenic or non-estrogenic herbs.
How Balcones OB/GYN Can Help
Prescription Hormone Replacement Therapy is the most common treatment method used by Dr. Binford to help post menopausal women combat the side effects of post menopause. HRH can have drawbacks and risks, however, and should be discussed frankly with the team at Balcones OB/GYN. Treatment for post menopause may be a journey of trial and error before the right therapy is found for a particular individual. It is also essential that a post menopausal women continue to receive regular gynecological check-ups at our Austin clinic as part of their regular heal routine.
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