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Preparing For Menopause

Perimenopause are the years leading up to menopause.  Estrogen levels rise and fall unevenly, your menstrual cycles will vary, and this is stage of life can be two years or longer leading up to menopause.  There are some healthy lifestyle choices you can make to help ease the transition into menopause.

  • Practice Good Nutrition.  You are at risk of osteoporosis, your risk of heart disease increases at this time, and your metabolism is slowing down.  Follow a low-fat, high-fiber diet with calcium rich foods.
  • Develop an Exercise Routine.  Prevent and control weight gain with a good exercise routine.  It will also help you sleep better, lower stress, and strengthen bones.

Signs and Symptoms of Menopause

Most women will reach menopause sometime between the ages 45 and 55.  While you are considered to be in menopause one year after your final menstrual period, there are many changes and symptoms that happen before you reach menopause.

  • Irregular menstrual periods
  • One or more missed periods
  • Hot flashes
  • Irritability
  • Thinning hair
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Decreased sex drive

Living With Hot Flashes

As your body changes,  you will need to make changes to your lifestyle to help maintain a healthy life.Learn your triggers.  Slight increase in temperature can trigger hot flashes for some women and different foods and drinks can also trigger hot flashes.  Some tips to living with hot flashes

  • Avoid alcohol and caffeinated drinks
  • Avoid hot or spicy foods
  • Quit smoking
  • Dress in layers
  • Use fans or open windows to circulate air
  • Yoga and meditation to help relax
  • Talk with your doctor about other treatment options.
  • Health: Baby Boomers

    • Preventive Health

      Women in their 40s or 50s may need to see their health care professional more often.   This is just a guideline of screenings and tests you may need at this point in your life. 
    • Menopause

      Most women will reach menopause sometime between the ages 45 and 55 with perimenopause lasting two years or more leading up to it.
    • Questions to Ask

      When you visit your doctor, be sure to make a list of questions and concerns to discuss.  Anything from general health to menopause, arthritis, and osteoporosis.
    • Helpful Resources

      Inside find a list of websites with great information on women's health, diet, and nutrition.