Your children are grown and leading their own successful lives, and your grandchildren are the joy of your life. You need to be at your best to keep up with them and enjoy the special relationships you have with this new generation of your family. You may also be involved as a caregiver for your aging parents, and this responsibility takes a lot of your physical and mental energy. Of course, you may find you have more time to spend with friends and you’re actively involved in community organizations, charities, hobbies, and travel. Whatever your life brings your way, you want to be conscious of good health practices.
Healthy diet and exercise continue to be important, as well as concerns about maintaining a healthy weight. Your everyday good health practices go a long way in helping you avoid illness and debilitating medical conditions.
You should continue your annual breast and pelvic examinations including mammogram and Pap test as advised by your physician. You may be experiencing the symptoms of menopause, such as mood swings, hot flashes and night sweats, and vaginal dryness and painful intercourse. Be sure to talk to your physician about treatments that may help reduce the severity of your symptoms.
Other health concerns include osteoporosis which may develop because of lower estrogen levels and urinary incontinence which is usually caused by weakening of the pelvic floor due to childbirth, pelvic surgery, menopause or estrogen deficiency. Your physician may recommend a bone density test to diagnose osteoporosis, and you will appreciate the convenience of bone density testing available at Women’s Health Care. Some women experience uncomfortable and embarrassing leaking of small amounts of urine when they sneeze, laugh, or experience other stresses. Our Urinary Incontinence Center offers testing to help your physician diagnose and treat this condition in a sensitive manner, so you’ll be able to resume your normal active lifestyle.
Your Women’s Health Care physician is a valuable partner to help you be your best in your maturing years.