Staying Healthy and Managing the Symptoms of Menopause

Staying Healthy and Managing the Symptoms of Menopause

Menopause signals a new phase of life. You may be looking into retirement and anticipating having the time for many leisure activities you had to forgo for so many working years. Here are some tips to maintain and even improve your health as you make this transition.

Stay at a healthy weight

If you’ve gained weight during menopause, especially around your waist, you’re not alone. In menopause, your body loses estrogen, which is one of the culprits in your weight gain. Researchers believe a lack of estrogen may slow down your metabolism, resulting in less efficient fat burning. It’s more important now than ever to eat healthy foods and get exercise; after menopause, weight gain increases your risk for many diseases, including heart disease and breast cancer.

Modern technology creates smooth body contours

SculpSure® and laser lipo are two options for finally getting rid of those stubborn bulges and replacing them with smoother, more appealing contours. SculpSure is a noninvasive laser treatment that can eliminate 24% of the fat on your abdomen or those love handles. Laser lipo is another noninvasive option. This form of liposuction not only eliminates fat, but also helps stimulate new collagen and elastin, which means it can help tighten your skin, an added benefit.  

Relief from menopausal symptoms

Hot flashes, insomnia, vaginal dryness, loss of libido, and fatigue are common menopausal symptoms that can derail life as you know it. Treatment at Columbus Anti-Aging Medicine and Aesthetic Surgery can help you feel like yourself again. These three treatments can make life more pleasurable.


Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT)

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy uses hormones with the same chemical structure as your own hormones, rather than brands containing horse urine produced by pharmaceutical companies. Delivered through pellets that your body gradually absorbs, BHRT enables you to fully function once again, free from debilitating menopausal symptoms.


Vaginal rejuvenation

Columbus Anti-Aging Medicine and Aesthetic Surgery uses a special laser on your vaginal area to stimulate new collagen and elastin, creating thicker, healthy tissue like you had before. The laser can also tighten the labia that childbearing may have loosened, creating needed friction for enhanced pleasure during sexual intercourse. Maintaining healthy sexual function can help you retain intimacy with your partner and improve your quality of life.


Regenerative urology to help incontinence

Menopause can bring stress incontinence — when running or sneezing, for example, causes you to unintentionally lose urine. It’s an embarrassing and uncomfortable effect of aging, but you don’t have to live with it. Regenerative urology uses stem cell therapy to reduce instances of chronic cystitis, or bladder infections, as well as stress incontinence.

Don’t smoke

If you haven’t quit smoking yet, despite the risk of numerous diseases, poor skin tone, and wrinkles, here’s one more reason: Smoking during menopause raises your production of androgens, a male hormone. Without the balance of estrogen, which you lose during menopause, the androgens can cause hair loss and encourage the growth of whiskers.

Exercise

Exercise in menopause isn’t only beneficial for helping you maintain or lose weight and feel good; it helps prevent bone loss that can lead to osteoporosis. Any kind of weight-bearing exercise, such as using a kettlebell, hand weights, resistance bands, or simply walking and climbing stairs, can lessen bone loss.

Menopause, while a relief from tampons and pads, can bring unwanted symptoms for some women. Hot flashes are one of the most common complaints. If you have a “personal summer” when it’s snowing outside, regular exercise may help. A study from the American College of Sports Medicine noted that weight-bearing exercise helps reduce hot flashes by 50%; other studies indicate that aerobic exercises like walking, biking, or dancing can reduce hot flashes also. Exercise is also important if you have insomnia.

Call or schedule an appointment online with Columbus Anti-Aging Medicine and Aesthetic Surgery today to gain an expert partner in helping you stay healthy.

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