Determining and Dealing with Postmenopause Symptoms
The time in your life after menopause is referred to as postmenopause. Here, your hormone levels will not fluctuate as much as it did during perimenopause and menopause, and progesterone and estrogen will remain low throughout. Also, the onset of it will not be marked by physical symptoms, as it’s a permanent state. Here’s what you can expect and how to stay healthy.
Signs of Postmenopause
It’s always great to have your doctor measure your Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) to determine if you are postmenopausal. If not there are signs that will indicate whether you’re reached this phase. One sign is that your hot flashes may have disappeared. Some women, do however still experience this symptom for years after menopause.
You may still have incontinence, due to lowered estrogen levels. The estrogen produced in your former years served as a means to keep your urethra and bladder healthy. The decline in these levels, may result in bladder control issues, as estrogen also strengthens the pelvic muscles that assists with bladder control.
You may also experience vaginal dryness due to the decline of estrogen. Bleeding during this phase is not normal and should be reported to your doctor. You may experience bleeding due to a thickened endometrium, which needs to be evaluated for abnormal cells.
Weight gain occurs here as the lowered estrogen levels may lead to fat storage. You may also still have insomnia, as your hormones are changing to lower levels. Postmenopausal women have an increased risk for osteoporosis too.
Relieving Symptoms and Maintaining Your Health
For incontinence relief, it’s best to lose weight, reduce caffeinated and alcoholic drinks, and avoid picking up heavy objects. You could also try pelvic floor exercises or kegels to strengthen the muscles that retain your urine. Also, try to consume your daily water intake before evening. This should help curb overnight leaks.
Treat vaginal dryness with topical estrogen therapy. This compensates for your lowered estrogen levels. Any bleeding during this phase could be considered abnormal, so see your doctor soonest if this happens. You should also stick to a healthy eating plan here. This should also keep your cholesterol levels in check, as heart disease may occur during this phase.
If you’re concerned about insomnia, try relaxing with a cup of chamomile tea instead of coffee before bedtime. Also, make sure your bedroom is completely dark, and try cultivating the habit of going to sleep at the same time every night. Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is often used to treat osteoporosis. You could also try incorporating foods rich in magnesium, calcium, phosphorus and vitamin D into your diet.
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