The average age of menopause is 51 years. The typical symptoms many women experience are hot flushes, vaginal dryness, mood changes, irritability, anxiety, sleeplessness, loss of sexual desire etc. Many of these can be reduced by dietary changes with the addition of soya foods and calcium. Exercise and yoga also helps. In some women, doctors may use hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
When you are in your fifties it is natural to have vaginal dryness and pain during intercourse. Vaginal application of oestrogen cream gives good relief in this situation. Women also suffer from urinary incontinence during this age. For any episodes of bleeding after menopause for one year get yourself investigated.
A sonography and a PAP smear test are absolutely necessary. Often endometrial biopsy with or without a hysteroscopy 9putting a thin telescope inside the womb) may be necessary.
Do a mammography every year. It is time to strengthen your bones. Osteoporosis or weakness of bones is very common in the menopausal age group. Though calcium supplements helps it cannot treat osteoporosis. Treatment involves taking of additional drugs like Vitamin D. This helps to increase bone density.
At this age, women are at a high risk for heart diseases. Have regular checks for cholesterol, ECG, stress test etc. As women grow older her metabolic rate goes down, and she starts oiling on weight. So be very careful with your diet and exercise regularly. During this age there is a problem of wrinkling, loss of skin elasticity so take vitamin supplements and exercise regularly.
There are problems that occur at every phase in a woman’s life, so be very careful with the diet, exercise regularly and lead a healthy lifestyle.