Tips for Staying Healthy During Menopause

Menopause is medically defined as having gone 12 months without a menstrual cycle. More commonly, people refer to going through menopause as the months, or even years, leading up to no longer having a menstrual cycle. Once you’ve reached menopause, you’re postmenopausal, and your risk for several health conditions rises.

As you reach menopause, your body produces less estrogen, and estrogen plays several important roles in your good health. For example, estrogen helps you maintain a healthy weight, so you may find it’s easier to gain weight after menopause. Estrogen also helps your body process cholesterol, so your risk of heart disease is greater following menopause.

Even though you can’t stop menopause from happening, there are steps you can take to protect your health. Follow the tips below to keep your body healthy and moving for years after menopause.

Be more vigilant about nutrition

Because of your increased risk of heart disease and high cholesterol, it’s important to be even more careful about what you eat after menopause. Choosing to consume a diet rich in vegetables, lean protein, and healthy fats will help keep your blood vessels flexible and unobstructed.

Making sure that your diet is nutritious and well-balanced also helps with weight management. It’s easier to gain weight after menopause, and that weight often settles around your abdomen, which is an additional risk for heart disease.

Also, your bones tend to weaken and break down faster after menopause, so you need more calcium. Experts recommend postmenopausal women get about 1,200 milligrams of calcium per day.

Exercise regularly

In addition to helping you maintain a healthy weight, regular exercise can improve bone health. Weight-bearing exercises are especially useful in keeping your bones healthy. Walking, climbing stairs, and lifting weights are all excellent choices for building strong bones.

Regular exercise can also help you sleep better, and a common symptom of perimenopause is disrupted sleep. Good sleep is important to good health for numerous reasons; it has even been associated with weight management and the development of Type 2 diabetes.

Consider your sexual health

Several symptoms of perimenopause involve your sexual health. You may have less desire for sexual contact and experience vaginal dryness, pelvic prolapse, or painful intercourse. Several of the services available at V-Revive can help with the problems associated with menopause.

For example, vaginal rejuvenation through nonsurgical means can help by lessening vaginal dryness, elasticity, tone, and improving sensation, among other things. There are several treatments that may be options for you, including:

In addition to these procedures, you may find that using a personal lubricant or an estrogen cream helps. There is no reason you shouldn’t be able to enjoy sex after menopause, but you may need to discuss any issues you’re having with your care provider at V-Revive.

Get regular checkups

Because your risk of heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, and other conditions rises following menopause, it’s important for you to get regular checkups and have the recommended screenings.

Protecting your health is a priority at any age, but it may require a little more effort after menopause. However, there’s no reason you can’t stay active, healthy, and enjoy life as a postmenopausal woman. If you have questions about what to expect during perimenopause or menopause, book an appointment online or by phone for a consultation with an expert at V-Revive.

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