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Postmenopause Menocoach Modal Week 1

THRIVING DURING POSTMENOPAUSE WITH A HOLISTIC HEALTH PRACTICE ​

WHAT IS POSTMENOPAUSE?​

Postmenopause is the period that begins one year after the last period. At this stage, the ovaries have stopped releasing eggs and their estrogen production is greatly reduced.​

The symptoms observed before menopause will then vary in severity, intensity, and frequency. They will fade in some women, and become more marked for others. It is also possible that symptoms never observed before menopause may appear during this new period. The main difference between perimenopause and postmenopause is that the latter will last the rest of your life. The changes your body undergoes must therefore be considered on a much longer time scale. Whether it is to prevent short-, medium- or long-term consequences, regularly consulting a specialist is essential to healthily embrace this new stage of your life.​

SHORT-TERM CONSEQUENCES​​

The short-term consequences are, in most cases, similar to those encountered during perimenopause. Night sweats, hot flashes, sleep problems or even loss of libido are unpredictable and can continue to occur from time to time. In certain cases, non-drug treatments (healthy diet, sport, herbal medicine, stopping alcohol and tobacco, etc.) may prove insufficient. Your doctor also may possibly refer you to hormone replacement therapy, which is very effective in certain cases.​

MEDIUM-TERM CONSEQUENCES​

Fat distribution

To compensate for the decreased production of estrogen by the ovaries, the body stimulates the adrenal glands, which results in an increase in the fatty tissues from which estrogen is produced. This is the reason why we frequently observe a redistribution of fat, particularly in the abdominal area and buttocks. Rest assured, a healthy, varied diet in moderate quantities will help your body adapt to these changes and help you feel better and healthier.​

Genitourinary disorders​

Lack of estrogen can lead to vulvovaginal atrophy, which includes vaginal dryness and discomfort, frequent and urgent urges to urinate, and sometimes stress urinary incontinence (leaking of urine). urine during physical exertion). The vaginal flora may also be affected, leading to an increased risk of developing yeast infection, vaginitis or lichen planus. Fortunately, specific exercises and dermatological treatments can prevent all these disorders. In most cases, preventative measures and regular monitoring are all you will need.​

Aging of the skin​

During the first five years of post-menopause, the skin loses 30% of its collagen. This has a direct impact on your skin, hair and nails. However, you can rehydrate your skin and make it smoother by increasing your intake of vitamins E and D and omega-3. You can also exercise as much as possible and take care of yourself using skincare products that can significantly reduce the manifestations of these changes.​​

LONG-TERM CONSEQUENCES​

Musculoskeletal problems​

Back pain, fractures caused by minor trauma, shortening and loss of mobility are common and due to osteoporosis. Today, it is easy to prevent it. Regular physical exercise combined with sufficient calcium and vitamin D intake can prevent most of these disorders. When this is not enough, specific treatments exist.​

Cardiovascular illnesses​

Estrogen plays a major role in protecting the cardiovascular system. Their reduction increases the risk of hypertension, elevated cholesterol and stroke. The best way to protect yourself from these risks is to eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly and give up negative habits to the body such as smoking and alcohol.​

Each symptom has its solution, whether it is medication or not. Each person being unique, these solutions will depend entirely on your particular needs and your wishes. Whatever you choose, it should be tailored to your needs – your doctor's support and advice throughout this period will help you determine this.​​​

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