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The term "post menopause" refers to the period of time after you have gone through menopause. It begins after you have not had a period for 12 consecutive months. There are a few important health considerations to keep in mind after menopause, such as the need to keep bones healthy and to prevent heart disease.

What Is Post Menopause?

The term "post menopause" refers to all the years beyond menopause. Whether your menopause was natural or induced, post menopause begins after you have not had a period for 12 months in a row.

Staying Healthy Post Menopause

Staying healthy after menopause may mean making some changes in the way you live. First, don't smoke or use tobacco products. If you do use any type of tobacco, stop. It's never too late to benefit from quitting smoking.
Second, eat a healthy diet -- one that's low in fat and high in fiber, with plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole-grain foods. Eating foods that contain all the important vitamins and minerals is very important. Make sure you get enough calcium and vitamin D, either in your diet or through vitamin/mineral supplements. Learn what your healthy weight is, and try to stay there.
Third, to keep your bones strong and healthy, do weight-bearing exercise, such as walking, jogging, or dancing, at least three days each week. For your overall health, try to be physically active in other ways as well.

Other Things to Remember

There are a few other things to keep in mind after you have gone through menopause. If you have high blood pressure and your doctor prescribes medication to help lower it, be sure to take the medication exactly how he or she prescribes.
Also, if you have vaginal discomfort, use a water-based vaginal lubricant (not petroleum jelly) or a vaginal estrogen cream or tablet to relieve the discomfort.
Get regular pelvic and breast exams, Pap tests, and mammograms. It's also important to be checked regularly for colon, rectal, and skin cancer. Contact your doctor right away if you notice a lump in your breast or a mole that has changed in appearance.
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