If you’re a woman in your 40s, you have the experience and the confidence to tackle just about anything life throws your way, but you may be noticing some changes in your body. With middle age comes decreasing levels of estrogen and a menopause transition period known as perimenopause. Atlantic Health System Women’s Health can help you navigate the ups and downs of this phase and keep you feeling great well into your 50s with these recommendations.
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If you haven’t already, it’s time to form a relationship with a primary care physician, in addition to your gynecologist. This partnership is critical to your health now and in the years to come.
- Get an annual wellness exam, including basic screenings for blood pressure and other cardiovascular diseases, so you can establish a baseline of health as you get older.
- Review your vaccinations and keep them up to date. Physicians recommend the flu vaccine every year and tetanus every 10 years. Learn more about vaccinations >
- Get a pap smear annually, or every three to five years, depending on your risk factors, and speak to you gynecologist about perimenopause. Find a gynecologist now >
- Talk to your physician about having a mammogram and practice self-exams to prevent breast cancer. Learn more about mammograms and breast imaging >
- Get your first colonoscopy at age 45 and once every 10 years thereafter. Learn about our colon cancer screening center >
- Go to the dermatologist for a mole and freckle check. Find a dermatologist now >
You may also want to ask your doctor about screenings and vaccinations appropriate for adult women of any age. These include:
- Hearing test
- Vision test
- Cholesterol screening
- Hepatitis A vaccine
- Hepatitis B vaccine
- Varicella vaccine (chicken pox)
- Measles mumps and rubella vaccine
- Tdap booster vaccine (tetanus)
- Bone mineral density (osteoporosis)
- Diabetes screening
- Eat more fruits and vegetables, while cutting back on meat and dairy products. Learn about our nutrition services >
- Partake in cardiovascular exercise daily.
- Start weight or resistance training to maintain muscle mass.
- Consider meditation or mindfulness activities to reduce stress.
- Discuss your feelings with loved ones or a mental health professional if you’re experiencing symptoms of depression. Learn about Atlantic Behavioral Health’s services >
- Get seven to eight hours of sleep a day. Learn about our sleep centers >
- If you smoke, try to quit. Learn about our smoking cessation program >
These recommendations are intended as a guide for women in their 40s who are of general good health to discuss with their physician.