Postmenopause

What is Postmenopause?

Postmenopause is the stage of life after you have not had a period for 12 months or longer

Once you are postmenopausal, your hormone levels will remain at a constant low level. You will no longer be able to become pregnant, and you will not experience monthly menstrual cycles.

Some women may continue to experience some menopause symptoms.

  • You may still experience hot flashes for one to two years following menopause.
  • You may notice a shift in your mood and feel depression before, during, and after menopause.
  • You may also experience vaginal dryness that can affect your sexual health as well as cause infections.

You may be at increased risk for the following conditions after menopause:

  • osteoporosis (changes in bone density
  • cardiovascular disease

If you’re postmenopausal and experience vaginal bleeding, contact your doctor. This may be a sign of a serious health condition.

Keep up (or adopt) healthy lifestyle habits

  • consume foods that contain calcium or take calcium supplements
  • take a daily vitamin D supplement
  • exercise, incorporating both aerobic and strength-building activities into your routine
  • limit your alcohol intake
  • quit smoking
  • monitor your mental health & well being and seek help if required
  • continue to undertake required gynecological screens and other health tests as required
  • have fun, be silly, laugh and enjoy every moment of your life.

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