We are talking about the period following the canonical 12 months without a cycle, in which the menopause disorders should subside but some health risks could appear. Here’s what happens in postmenopause and what you need to know to experience it to the fullest.
This article was written in collaboration with our staff of doctors and gynecologists
The term post-menopause refers to the period that follows 12 consecutive months without menstruation .
In fact, in order to talk about menopause , you will know, you have to count 1 consecutive year without a period .
What to expect in this new phase of your life as a woman? Read this article, we have compiled for you, in collaboration with our specialists, a guide to post-menopause with the answers to the most common questions.
Goodbye Menopause Disorders! (If you have taken care of yourself in these years)
If in premenopause you took care of your health, your body and your well-being in general , post-menopause could make you forget certain annoyances that accompanied you due to hormonal changes : sudden sweats both day and night, swelling (but careful, not the tendency to gain weight ), short temper, melancholy and sadness, itching, burning and other intimate annoyances , blood loss , insomnia .
In short, your body seems to finally find its balance but beware of any risks that could “peep out”.
- The alterations in the vaginal pH remain (which becomes more alkaline): this could make you more vulnerable to infections such as candida and cystitis .
- Itching, burning and intimate pains may lessen over time if you have kept them under control by having them periodically follow up by a gynecologist , but if unfortunately you have neglected your health by underestimating these annoyances, you may only now notice the progress of Vulvo Vaginal Atrophy , a medical condition that is critical to diagnose early.
- Even in post-menopause it is essential to be followed up periodically by an experienced menopausal gynecologist .
The menopausal psychological well-being is, in fact, the finding of regular medical check-up, combined with the attention and respect for one’s body, to the care of his soul and his own person. Remember to continue taking the scheduled exams and if you need a memorandum to hang on the fridge, you can download it here .
Cultivating your hobbies, devote yourself to reading to keep trained mind, pamper and be pampered, follow a ‘ healthy diet , practicing a’ light physical activity but steady ; having an active and satisfying intimate life : these are all fundamental aspects to be comfortable with yourself and with others.
FAQ – The most common postmenopausal questions
# 1 What are the symptoms of the onset of postmenopause?
The sign of entry into postmenopause is the absence of a period for at least 12 months.
Over time, all those typical signs that have “heralded” menopause should disappear, even if it is not true for all women: there is no standard time period for climacteric symptoms to subside.
Over time there is a decrease in the main vasomotor symptoms and discomfort that characterized the previous years:
- hot flashes disappear or, if 2 out of 10 women continue to occur, they become more sparse or less intense,
- the psyche regains its equilibrium to the advantage of mood and night rest ;
- resumed a propensity for an active life, daily activities and a couple relationship .
# 2 What are the main postmenopausal ailments?
While the small and big annoyances that may have complicated your life in recent years seem to vanish, over time other ailments may worsen. In particular: vaginal dryness , incontinence and difficulties in intimate relationships that could be a characteristic of this new phase of your life as a woman.
For each of these problems, however, a visit to the gynecologist can be the beginning of a substantial improvement .
Specific attention should be paid to the signs of Vulvo Vaginal Atrophy , which in menopause can be particularly frequent (we are talking about 1 in 2 women).
# 3 What can I do to better experience post-menopause?
If in previous years you have “worked” to build your new you, you will experience this very productive and constructive phase with great satisfaction.
A healthy lifestyle, without smoke or alcohol, physical and intellectual activity, optimism in facing life , can be the vehicles to get to post-menopause in the best version of yourself .
If this is not your starting point and you have let yourself go a bit, know that there is still a lot you can do for yourself and for a mature life full of joy and satisfaction: take advantage of the change, start improving immediately your daily experience with movement, activity, nutrition and prevention and you will see that even your mood will be positively affected, along with everything you like to do most.
If this is your starting point, all you have to do is follow the “work” to enjoy a peaceful post-menopause, at peace with yourself and with others. Love can be one of the secrets to living post-menopause at its best , did you know that? Or are you part of that group of women who believe that after a certain age we should “file the file”? The space for caresses and cuddles is there and there must be . And you have every right to live it fully.
# 4 Can postmenopausal love still be possible?
If in the years of perimenopause your relationship has been affected by your mood swings or your apprehensions about the new condition that may have brought you a little loss of desire or a little discomfort for a few more pounds than makes you feel more beautiful and desirable, know that in post-menopause love may rekindle!
If you have taken care of yourself and therefore of your relationship as a couple, you and your partner can experience a new phase of physical and mental closeness, a new couple relationship, even deeper, even happier, even more active than before. .
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