August 6, 2018

The 40s are a transitional time for women. The average age of menopause for U.S. women is 51, but many women see signs of perimenopause or pre-menopause in their 40s.

You may notice changes in your period — heavier, longer, shorter or irregular. Your hormone levels are beginning to fluctuate. If symptoms are severe, see your provider. There are treatment options.

While fertility typically declines, women can get pregnant well into their 40s. So contraception is still necessary. There are more options today than ever before. It’s a great time to discuss different methods with your provider.

Yearly check-ups are as important as ever. Annual mammograms — one of the most effective tools in detecting breast cancer early — typically begin at 40. At your annual exam, your provider will send you to Mammography.

Now’s a good time to renew your focus on health. Eat balanced, healthy meals and snacks rich in fruits and vegetables. Are you exercising? At least 30 minutes of moderate exercise, five times a week, is recommended. Ease into it if this is new for you. Check with your provider before beginning an exercise program.      

You take care of everyone else. Remember to take care of yourself!