What Happens After Menopause?
Postmenopause isn’t something you should dread – in fact, it’s something many women look forward to. Postmenopause is the stage after which a woman hasn’t had her period for a year. But what we’ve found is that the more you know about what to expect during postmenopause, the better your experience.
Our team at Relizen is always seeking to keep you educated and informed to better navigate through each stage of menopause, empowering them to take control of their health. Learn what to expect during postmenopause and what you can do to make it an easier transition.
Symptoms to Expect During Postmenopause
You might expect that menopause symptoms would completely disappear during postmenopause. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Symptoms such as mood swings and hot flashes can still occur during postmenopause – but with less frequency than during menopause. You may also continue to see several menopause symptoms persist, such as these:
- weight gain
- vaginal dryness
- urinary urgency
- loss of libido
The good news is that after a year without periods, you can expect no more menstruation and no need for birth control. Read on to learn more about the benefits of postmenopause!
Don’t worry if your postmenopause symptoms differ from the ones that other women your age experience. Since everyone is unique, all women notice different symptoms during this time. However, look out for symptoms that could be an indication of a medical problem. Contact your doctor if you experience vaginal bleeding or spotting (after a full year without menstruating), heart palpitations or anything else that just seems off.
Taking Care of Yourself During Postmenopause
During postmenopause you should speak with your doctors as frequently as needed in order to establish a consistent health care routine. As a result of lower estrogen levels, postmenopausal women are more at risk of certain health conditions such as osteoporosis, hypertension, high blood pressure, obesity, heart attack and more – which is why you should proactively start thinking about these conditions now before an issue arises.
Healthy lifestyle habits should be your top priority: Routine exercise, a balanced diet, stress relief and plenty of sleep can help to reduce the risks associated with postmenopause. Eat a diet rich in calcium, fresh fruits and vegetables, and minimize your consumption of processed foods, fats and oils. Acupuncture and massages, in combination with these healthy choices, can also help to reduce stress and alleviate some of the postmenopause symptoms. It’s important to realize however, that these habits will not only reduce the duration and severity of the symptoms but will also help you live a happier life.
Another important thing to remember is to not neglect your mental health during postmenopause. If you’re experiencing negative thoughts about this stage of your life, remember that your body is doing exactly what it was designed to do. After all, with age comes wisdom, and you’ve gotten through many other difficult changes over the years, right? Talk to others about your frustrations, maybe even someone who is going through the same things. If you feel as if you may be experiencing postmenopausal depression, talk to a doctor about what your options are.
Most of all, try to see postmenopause as the beginning of a wonderful part of your life that you have full control of! Want more time with your kids or grandkids? Make it happen! Always wanted to see a certain part of the world? It’s never too late!
Benefits of Postmenopause
There are many reasons to celebrate postmenopause. Look how far you’ve come! Here are just some of the benefits of this stage:
- A great excuse to start or increase healthy habits.
- No more periods, PMS or unexpected spotting. Enough said!
- Enjoying sex without worrying about contraception or planning around your cycle.
- No more hormonal headaches. If you had them earlier in life, postmenopause usually phases those out.
- Greater self-confidence. Children that are growing older, the freedom of retirement (whether it’s here or almost here), and being liberated from PMS… Many factors like this lead to feelings of self-assurance, artistic ambition and more.
- Time to bond with other postmenopausal women – women who can laugh with you about hot-flash strip-downs.
Help When You Need It
Relizen provides relief for women in each stage of menopause. It is a non-hormonal treatment that is safe and effective for women who suffer from hot flashes and other uncomfortable symptoms. Looking for more resources about your health? Our blog is a great place for women who are looking for support and information during each menopausal phase!