Life in Menopause: What to Expect by Dr. Pamela Dee^

Dr. Pamela Dee, OB/GYN, is a paid spokesperson for Estroven®. The information provided herein is for educational purposes only and is not intended to be construed as medical advice or to replace professional medical care. You should always seek the advice of a medical professional before starting any new medication or dietary supplement. The opinions stated herein are those solely of the writer and do not portray the opinions of the Estroven®brand, i- Health, Inc., or DSM.

Dr. Pamela Dee^ (Dr. Pam) is America’s leading menopause expert & OB/GYN, and she is on a mission to encourage honest dialogue about the physical and emotional symptoms that accompany menopause. Her goal is to de-stigmatize menopause and start the “Menopause Romance Revolution.” Her film, LOVE, SWEAT & TEARS, shares an empowering message of hope and action. Dr. Pam^ won’t rest until every woman knows the truth about menopause, that there is hope and that the third part of a woman’s life can be the best and most romantic.

A woman is menopausal when she has not had a menstrual period for 12 consecutive months, or if both ovaries have been removed or rendered inactive due to medications or radiation therapy. Because natural estrogen is no longer released from the ovaries, many bodily changes may occur, but it can still be an exciting and carefree time of life. To start, a woman no longer has to worry about menstrual periods or the risk of pregnancy! If she has children, they have likely already left or are about to leave home for college, allowing her to concentrate on herself.

That said, there are also problems that arise with the loss of estrogen. The most common symptoms include night flushes, fatigue, hot flashes, mood swings, panic attacks, weight change, an increase in urinary tract infections, incontinence of urine, sleep trouble and vaginal dryness. Women also lose the protection that estrogen affords to bone mass which makes them susceptible to bone fractures, the most serious of these being fractures of the hip and spine. Whether a woman is menopausal or not, medical problems become more common with age. Type II diabetes mellitus, heart disease, hypertension, high cholesterol, arthritis, depression and many cancers may occur.

It may seem like the unfortunate parts of menopause outweigh the good parts, but I promise that it is not hopeless! I have several solutions.

#1. Watch Your Diet

Remember that your caloric needs will lessen as you get older. Exercise is the absolute key to maintaining weight as one ages, and it will help your bones stay strong. When I have a newly menopausal woman in my office, I try to explain that metabolism decreases as people age. It is much easier to maintain your weight than to try to lose weight, so focus on weight maintenance.

#2. Reduce Stress

Take care of yourself and reduce your stress level. Learn to say, “No.” One of my favorite responses to someone asking me to take on another volunteer job or help with a project is, “I’m sorry, I can’t help you with that.” Look them straight in the eye. Don’t start explaining why you can’t help. It always works.

#3. Try a Menopause Relief Supplement

Be proactive! There are many over-the-counter options that can help with symptoms. For instance, Estroven® has a whole line of products for menopausal women that are specifically formulated with ingredients to help with hot flashes, mood, memory, weight management, fatigue and occasional sleep troubles.* Of course, let your healthcare provider know before starting any new medication or supplement.

#4. Have a Positive Attitude!

I know that you can do it!

^Dr. Pamela Dee is a paid spokeswoman for Estroven®.