Reaching post-menopause should be a liberating experience. No more having to think about periods or even contraception!
And even though you might still feel a little low, we hope you’re over the worst of those perimenopausal symptoms – what a nightmare that was! Still, it can be a little hard to see the wood for the trees after the huge drop in hormone levels, so here’s what we think you need to know post-menopause.
First off, your life is most certainly not over, you’re just entering another phase of womanhood and a pretty empowering one too. We like the Chinese approach as they refer to the menopause as “a second spring” to celebrate a woman’s midlife wisdom, confidence and enlightenment. A belief that with age comes a naturally-earned respect based on life experiences, knowledge, and a more surefooted approach to the everyday. An acceptance and embracing of ageing and change.
Looking after yourself is key to coping post-menopause. To help your body redress the balance resulting from the drop in those hormone levels, it’s really important to be mindful of your overall health. There can be some long-term health issues associated with post-menopause and while you may not suffer from them, it’s important to be aware of them.
The two main issues are:
However, both can be alleviated by some simple lifestyle adjustments, such as undertaking regular exercise and maintaining a well-balanced diet. Unfortunately, ‘lifestyle adjustments’ does include limiting alcohol intake and smoking but remember to take it one step at a time… no-one’s expecting you to become a saint overnight!
Should you be concerned about any of the above or experience any discomfort, pain, swelling or bleeding after the menopause, please do make sure you make an appointment to see your doctor straight away.
Don’t feel you have to struggle on with the menopause. There is help available and getting the right treatment could transform your menopause experience from miserable into manageable. Here’s some helpful tips to get you through:
With all of the above, remember to check with your doctor before trying something new, they may help you balance out the pros and cons or even give you some other recommendations.
Remember you’re unique but not alone. It’s important to talk and not suffer in silence. There are treatments, advice and support groups available to help alleviate the symptoms of the menopause and help you cope post-menopause, so don’t be afraid to reach out if you need help — we’ve all been there!
Don’t underestimate it — the menopause can be a turbulent time as you navigate this emotional, mental, and physical transition. As a marker of the end of your childbearing years, whether you’ve had children or not, it can be a time to grieve.
But it’s important to see it as a time of opportunity and empowerment, the beginning of the next life-stage. After all, no one knows you better than you! Why not take up new interests, be interested and interesting, enlightened and full of purpose. Ready to take on the next challenge. You’ve got this!