Your 50s are a time to celebrate life’s meaningful milestones and focus more on yourself now that your reproductive years are in the past. The hot flashes and mood swings that come with menopause may try your patience, but Atlantic Health System Women’s Health can help you through it. We recommend the following tips to keep you well and defy your age.
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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. In addition to your regular screenings, be sure to talk to your doctor about any menopause symptoms you may be experiencing and how best to manage them.
- Review your vaccinations and keep them up to date. Consider getting the shingles vaccine for lifelong protection against this painful disease. Learn more about vaccinations >
- Schedule your colonoscopy. If you’re at normal risk, you’ll only need to have one every 10 years. Learn about our colon cancer screening center >
- Go for a mammogram annually or every other year, depending on your risk category, and practice self-exams to prevent breast cancer. Learn more about mammograms and breast imaging >
- Get a pap smear annually, or every three to five years, depending on your risk factors, and speak to your gynecologist about any changes you’ve noticed during menopause. Find a gynecologist now >
- 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
- Add more leafy, green vegetables to your diet. Learn about our nutrition services >
- Walk, dance or partake in other exercise several times a week to prevent bone density loss. Learn about bone density screenings >
- Start weight or resistance training to maintain muscle mass.
- Consider, yoga, 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 per day. Learn about our sleep centers >
These recommendations are intended as a guide for women in their 40s who are of general good health to discuss with their physician.