Once you’ve gone through all the joys of perimenopause (or pre-menopause) and haven’t had a period for 12 months, you’ve officially reached menopause.
But… then what?
Postmenopause or, you guessed it, the time period after menopause, comes with its own set of symptoms, risks, and concerns.
But don’t worry! I’ll walk you through everything you need to know so you can have a happy and healthy life after menopause.
What to Expect
First off, you can say goodbye to those hormones. Ever since you’ve entered perimenopause, your ovaries have been slowly producing less and less estrogen. Now that you’ve hit the “tipping point” of menopause, those levels will remain at a consistently low level.
Second, you will no longer be able to become pregnant. Before you go throwing out any contraceptives though, you should check with your doctor to verify you are in fact in postmenopause. Just in case.
Lastly, you’re all done with your periods. Seriously. No more monthly menstrual cycles.
Now, you might’ve read through that list and thought “this is great!”, and you’re right! Especially when you compare to the symptoms you’ve been fighting with in perimenopause. But postmenopause is not without its own risks.
This is a condition that thins your bones. Due to the loss of estrogen in your body, your bone density decreases in the first few years after menopause. This means your bones will be more prone to fractures, especially in your spine, hips, and wrists.
To help combat this, I recommend taking vitamin D supplements, ensuring you’re consuming enough calcium-rich foods, and exercising regularly.
Higher levels of cholesterol, hormone shifts, and blood pressure changes put postmenopausal women at risk of heart attacks and cardiovascular disease.
It’s super important to follow a healthy diet and fitness plan to decrease your chances of this.
You may notice various other conditions as you enter this phase of life. As with perimenopausal symptoms, every woman is different.
Some women battle with depression and anxiety throughout their entire menopause experience. This should be discussed with your doctor and usually is a result of the change in your hormone levels.
Pay attention to your family’s history of health issues. If there’s a pattern of breast cancer or other diseases, talk to your doctor about genetic testing and medications to lower your risk.
My Advice to You
Along with everything I’ve outlined above, I just wanted to give you a few final tips for staying healthy.
Make sure to stay active. Go for walks! Ride your bike! Any kind of strength training, aerobic, or balance exercises can help lower your risk of falls, improve your cardiovascular health, and combat osteoporosis.
Eat good food. Try to eat as naturally as possible. You should avoid excess sugars and salts as much as possible and, as I mentioned before, make sure you’re getting enough vitamin D and calcium.
Visit your doctor regularly. This is a time of a lot of change. Setting up annual visits with your doctor is vital to monitor how your symptoms are progressing.
You can do this! Stay healthy. Stay happy. Some of your best years are on their way.