What is Menopause?

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What is Menopause?

January 6, 2023

Menopause is the point in time twelve months after a woman’s last period

When does it start?

  • The menopause transition is a normal part of aging for women and is a natural process where a woman’s ovaries stop producing eggs and the production of female hormones declines.
  • Usually occurs between the ages of 40-50.
  • Common symptoms and physiological changes throughout the menopause transition include: hot flashes, irregularity of menstrual cycle, higher incidence of osteoperosis and coronary heart disease.

Is exercise safe during menopause?

  • Yes, it is recommended that perimenopausal and postmenopausal women engage in a structured exercise routine.
  • Exercise should include aerobic training, strength training and balance exercises.
  • Exercise is beneficial to address physiological changes during menopause.
  • Strength training helps improve muscle and bone mass which decreases with osteoporosis
  • Balance exercises help reduce the risk of falling which increase with aging
  • Aerobic exercise helps improve cardiovascular endurance

Exercise should be individualized and women should seek guidance from a medical professional prior to starting a new exercise routine.