Post-Menopausal Care

Post-menopause is the time in a woman’s life after reaching menopause. During this time, all the symptoms of experience before menopause gradually decreases. However, because of the lower level of oestrogen, post-menopausal women have an increased risk of developing other health conditions such as osteoporosis and heart disease.

When a woman has not had her period for an entire year, her follicle stimulating hormone levels are measured to confirm that she is post-menopausal. Follicle stimulating hormones are produced by the pituitary gland – located in the base of the brain – and will dramatically rise as the ovaries begin to shut down. These levels can be checked through one blood test.

Even if you are postmenopausal, getting regular check-ups and preventive screening tests such as pelvic exams, Pap smears, breast exams, and mammograms are among the most important things you can do for yourself. How often you need a check-up depends on your health history. Talk to your doctor to determine how often you should be seen.

Although many woman regain their energy levels after menopause, the risk of developing other conditions are higher. Medication and healthy lifestyle changes can greatly reduce the risk of the conditions associated with menopause. Because every woman’s risk is different, speak to us about the steps that you can take to reduce your individual risk.

Some women are more at risk of developing osteoporosis than others. Risk factors, things that increase your chance of developing a health problem, include:

  • a family history of osteoporosis
  • a broken bone while an adult
  • surgery to remove both ovaries before natural menopause
  • early menopause
  • insufficient calcium throughout life
  • extended bed rest
  • smoking
  • long-term heavy drinking
  • using certain medicines, such as glucocorticoids or some anticonvulsants, for long periods of time
  • being thin or having a small body frame

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