It’s Women’s Health Week and You’re In Your 40’s or 50’s…

The 19th annual National Women’s Health Week kicked off on Mother’s Day, May 13, and is celebrated through May 19, 2018. The Mother’s Day kick-off provides the perfect impetus for women of all ages to honor and respect themselves by making better health choices. Sadly, women’s health issues and care are often lamentably not a priority in many male-oriented physician practices. As such, it is important that all women take a proactive stance in ensuring they receive the best healthcare possible; this can only happen by educating ourselves. Knowledge is POWER. The following are steps/choices that women can take towards living their best life at any age:

40s – Perimenopause

  • Hot flashes, night sweats, mid-section weight gain, low libido are all tell tale signs that women are in the perimenopause years.  Thankfully, women have choices that work that can help to lessen or completely stave off these uncomfortable symptoms: bio-identical hormones in the form of a pellet, troches, creams or patches can bring much needed relief that can be taken safely up through…

50s – Menopause

  • Menopause begins when a woman has not had a period for one full year. The average age for the onset of menopause is 52. Women, it WILL happen to you. It is a natural part of life that can’t be avoided. With that said, bio-identical hormones that are created specifically for you and your genetic make-up (mirroring what your body naturally made) can help you navigate the menopause years much more smoothly. You do NOT have to suffer in silence. There is help and there are choices!
  • The 50s also mean it is time to schedule your first colonoscopy. I know no one who looks forward to getting a colonoscopy (myself included) but I can tell you that, thankfully, colonoscopies have come a long way too!  A colonoscopy is the most accurate test for cancer of the colon and rectum, proven to detect the disease early and saves lives.  Thankfully, if a colonoscopy doesn’t find adenomas or cancer and you don’t have risk factors, the next test should be in ten years. For most people, one and done for at least ten years. Because colonoscopies are done under sedation, truly the most uncomfortable part will be the restricted diet and laxatives you have to take before the procedure. It really isn’t all that bad of a procedure any longer. Thank goodness for sedation!
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