Postmenopause is the stage of a woman’s life that follows menopause. During this stage, women’s estrogen levels are low, which can lead to easing of menopausal symptoms like hot flashes. However, postmenopausal women face an increased risk of serious health conditions, including osteoporosis and heart disease.
Fortunately, the postmenopausal years can be happy and fulfilling. A combination of hormone therapy and lifestyle adaptations can reduce the risk of medical conditions and allow you to enjoy your life. Our highly trained specialists at Balance Hormone Center in Norman work with many postmenopausal clients, offering each of them personalized, individually-tailored hormone treatments that help them feel better and get the most out of life.
How Do I Know if I Am Postmenopausal?
Assuming a woman is not on any medications that can stop her period, a woman will be considered postmenopausal when she has not had her period for 12 months. Of course, there is not a hard “cutoff,” so it can be difficult to determine exactly where a particular woman’s menopause ends and postmenopause begins. For some women, testing for follicle stimulating hormone (FHS) can be a good way to make a determination, though in most cases it is not necessary.
Benefits of Hormone Therapy During Postmenopause
Some of the benefits of hormone replacement therapy for postmenopausal women include:
- Making blood vessels more elastic, which allows blood to flow more freely throughout the body
- Relieving symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes and irritability, as well as dry skin, and trouble sleeping
- Decreasing your risk of osteoporosis and broken bones
- Decreasing the risk of colon cancer
- Possibly decreasing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease
- Possibly improving your glucose levels
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Let’s talk about how hormone therapy, dietary changes, and other treatments can help alleviate the symptoms of postmenopause and free you to enjoy your golden years.