Not Your Mother's Menopause: Tips to Master the Transition
While the average woman understandably dreads the thought of menopause – and many of the unpleasant symptoms that typically precede it – failing to consult with a physician during this major life transition isn’t advised.
“A lot of women might not realize that their life expectancy here in America is now in the 80s, which means that they can actually end up living more of their lives in menopause than they will in their reproductive years (ages 14-45),” said Jimmy Khandalavala, MD, CHI Health obstetrician/gynecologist. “Because of that, menopausal issues need to be addressed.”
What if you could be even better at midlife than you were before? You can be, if you face it head on. This is a time not only to address side effects of menopause, but also manage your overall care. Screenings and preventative strategies are important to get ahead of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, cancer and more.
As a result, the lifestyle changes women often make at this stage of life – better nutrition and more exercise, the addition of meditation, for example – can provide a boost in your overall health and outlook on life. On the other side of menopause, women often find themselves energized and in a phase of personal growth.
That’s why it’s essential to speak up if you are struggling with the transition, and look to your OB/GYN as a key partner in making the kind of changes that set you up for some of your best years. “With the proper care, menopause can be a very productive phase of a woman’s life,” Khandalavala said.