What is Postmenopause?

What is Postmenopause?

Postmenopause is a ‘phase’ that begins 24 to 36 months after your last period. This phase will last the rest of your life – a frightening thought.

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Menopausal Women Have Zest

Not really. Especially not if I believe Margaret Mead who, 20 years ago said, “There is no more creative force in the world than a menopausal woman with zest.” And have I got a bag of lemons!

Menopause Symptoms Slow and Eventually End

The symptoms for postmenopausal women are similar to those you may have while you are in menopause but they begin to slow down and eventually, disappear for most women. One thing is for sure — you cannot get pregnant any longer!

Post Menopause Health Concerns And What You Can Do

Estrogen keeps bones healthy. We know that for sure. And research suggests it may also affect cholesterol levels, keep your skin and arteries healthy and elastic, and help with memory. So it makes sense that with the permanent loss of our estrogen, our body parts start to lose what once kept them healthy. Here are the main issues:

Lowering of the Voice and Increased Facial Hair

In postmenopause, testosterone decreases less than estrogen and progesterone. This can cause a lowering of the voice and more facial hair. There’s always waxing and plucking. Or we could start a new hip trend of mustaches for women.

Loss of Bladder Control – Urinary Incontinence

We can probably blame our kids for causing this problem. And peeing in your pants may be nothing new to you but it can get worse with age. We’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Kegels, Kegels, and more Kegels. Or Pilates really helps, especially if you use the Reformer.

More Urinary Tract Infections

There is a higher chance of urinary tract infections as we age. Drink a lot of water or cranberry juice. Make sure you wipe yourself from front to back, and maybe even get those wipes from the pharmacy that are made just for this purpose.

Cardiovascular Disease

  • Stop Smoking
  • Watch your cholesterol
  • Reduce stress
  • Exercise
  • Take baby aspirin every day but ask your doc first.

Osteoporosis

The older you get, the less dense your bones become.

  • Add the combination of Vitamin D and Calcium to your diet to prevent bone loss
  • Spend time in the sun every day
  • Do weight bearing exercises like lifting weights and walking. Pound those bones
  • Get a bone density screening
  • Try to quit smoking or cut down as much as you can.

Diabetes

Be on the look out for type 2 diabetes. The risks increase as we get older. Most cases are caused by obesity and bad diet and can be prevented.

  • More fruits, vegetables and grains
  • Keep your weight low
  • Exercise daily.

Recommendations For Post Menopausal Women

  • Take calcium and vitamin D everyday
  • Vaccinate against pneumococcus
  • Vaccinate against herpes zoster – the majority of people over 65 get shingles
  • Take aspirin if you have heart problems, high blood pressure or cholesterol
  • Get checked for Macular Degeneration and Glaucoma
  • Get regular check ups for colon cancer after age 50.

Post Menopause Is Liberating

Just know that this can be the most liberating, wonderful phase of your womanhood.  You can really get cooking with whatever you want to do.  Don’t forget to add the zest!

Resources on Postmenopause

Here are a few good references and resources on postmenopause. We found it extremely difficult to find any articles dedicated to the subject of postmenopause alone. Mostly you will find the information within an article about menopause.