- Doctors consider that if you’re still having periods, you’re in the menopause.
- That you’re postmenopausal when your periods have stopped for 12 months. Many women have been caught out and become pregnant during this time, so it’s advised you use contraception for at least 2 years since your last period.
- Some women have no periods but still suffer with some symptoms – so where do they sit? That’s why there’s a blurred line between being menopause or postmenopause!
What Age Does This Happen?
Generally, women get to the menopause stage from late 40 to early 60, with the average age being 51. The big age difference is because we’re all different and there’s no “1 rule fits all” and for a few women, their menopause stage can last the rest of their life (because they’re still suffering with some symptoms!).
You Need to Be Aware…
Menopause and postmenopause can mean you’re more at risk of a number of health issues like heart disease and strokes (because your ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol can rise) and especially osteoporosis (you can lose up to 20% bone density during the menopause period).
Knowing how to manage you, your lifestyle and health, will all have a BIG, no a HUGE impact on how you’ll go through the menopause/postmenopause, as fit and healthy as possible.
What Can You Expect?
- Fat deposits will tend to collect around your waist (rather than the tops of your legs and hips). If you can fight to avoid this happening it will really help with reducing your risk of getting awful things like diabetes, strokes, disease of the heart and maybe even some cancers! This is not said to scare you (although I know it will be). It’s said because it’s a fact and that you can do more about helping your body than maybe you realise and the sooner you start, the better.
- The skin on your body will become thinner and less elastic, and that also applies to your vagina, so sex can become (for some women) more painful because you’re ‘dry’ down there.
- When you laugh, cough, sneeze, run or jump you might pee! This is due to lower oestrogen levels.
We’re all growing older, but being part of a support network like ours and it’s what you’re prepared to do to and for yourself that will make all the difference in the world x