Published on Nov 22, 2017
Authored by Freda Lewis-Hall, MD, DFAPA
The last third of a woman's life can be a very rewarding and dynamic time. Menopause, the end of one's menstrual cycles, is an entry point into this time, and a great time to "pause" at the threshold to ensure you're taking steps to stay as healthy as you can for the duration.
The average woman reaches menopause at the age of 51; you'll know you are there if you have missed a full year's worth of periods. If you suspect you're entering menopause, it's a good time to see your doctor. He or she can work with you to make sure you receive some important and potentially life-altering screening tests. Life altering, because the post-menopause years can be associated with chronic diseases such as osteoporosis, heart disease, and diabetes. The good news is that these diseases may be easy to detect early and can be treated or even beaten with decisions you can make with your doctor and actions you can take.
The decline in estrogen that comes with menopause brings increased risk of developing osteoporosis, heart disease, weight gain, and vaginal dryness. A health check-up each year, especially after 50, will help assure you are getting the healthcare you need — and will give you an opportunity to talk to your healthcare provider about life choices that can have a major impact on your health. There are a number of medical tests that are recommended you receive on a regular basis post-menopause. Armed with knowledge about your health status, you can take further actions to ensure your post-menopausal years are as healthy and productive as possible.
Tests related to heart disease:
Tests related to cancer screenings:
Tests related to bone health:
Tests related to gynaecological health:
Many may think that past a certain age, you no longer need to go to an OB-GYN—but that’s not true.
Tests related to mental health:
After a screening test, it's important to ask when you will see the results and whom you should talk with about them. People with good physical and mental health can enjoy their older years and continue to be productive, vital members of their families and communities. And you can play an active role in making those years after age 50 as healthy as possible.
Last reviewed 08/10/2019
- Australasian Menopause Society
- Jean Hailes Foundation