- Postmenopausal women have an increased risk for certain health threats, such as osteoporosis and heart disease.
- By visiting your health provider regularly, maintaining healthy daily habits, and having a healthy mindset, you can live happy and healthy.
- Postmenopause symptoms can often be managed at home, however, if your symptoms disrupt your daily life, it’s time to contact your doctor.
Our bodies are constantly changing, even as we grow older. And while you may have been relieved to finally be done with the monthly menstrual cycles and cramps, you’ll find yourself in a new phase of life with new challenges. After all, menopause can cause hot flashes, night sweats, and other unpleasant symptoms. That said, once you’ve been without a menstrual period for 12-months, you’ve officially entered the postmenopause stage. But this stage isn’t without its challenges either!
Postmenopausal women have an increased risk for certain health threats like osteoporosis and heart disease. Luckily, with a few lifestyle adjustments, you can decrease your risk. Let’s take a look at some steps you can take to live happy and healthy in postmenopause!
What Is Postmenopause
The Cleveland Clinic explains postmenopause as “a term to describe the time after someone has gone through menopause.” You’re officially in postmenopause once you’ve gone longer than 12 consecutive months without a menstrual period. Once you’ve entered this stage you no longer ovulate, and the menopausal symptoms you may have experienced usually become milder or go away completely. That said, the source notes that some individuals experience menopausal symptoms for a decade (or longer) after menopause.
Furthermore, there isn’t a designated age for when postmenopause starts — it will vary for everyone! However, on average women go through menopause around 51-years of age.