Staying healthy after menopause
- If you are thinking about hormone replacement therapy, discuss the risks and benefits with your healthcare provider first.
- Don’t smoke.
- Exercise regularly.
- Maintain a healthy weight through a balanced, low-sugar diet.
- Control high blood pressure with medicine or lifestyle changes.
What happens after menopause to your body?
Women past a certain age will experience menopause. Menopause can cause many changes in your body. The symptoms are the result of a decreased production of estrogen and progesterone in your ovaries. Symptoms may include hot flashes, weight gain, or vaginal dryness.
How do you know if you are postmenopausal?
Some common, normal signs include irregular periods, hot flashes, vaginal dryness, sleep disturbances, and mood swings—all results of unevenly changing levels of ovarian hormones (estrogen) in your body. Read more about how you’ll know you’re near menopause.
Will I age faster after menopause?
Menopause Makes Your Body Age Faster
Menopause is a milestone of aging, marking the end of a woman’s reproductive years. In two new studies, one published in PNAS and the other in Biological Psychiatry, researchers have found strong evidence that menopause may actually accelerate aging in women.
How long does menopause last?
Once in menopause (you haven’t had a period for 12 months) and on into postmenopause, the symptoms may continue for an average of four to five years, but they decrease in frequency and intensity. Some women report their symptoms last longer. The most common symptoms include: Hot flashes.