“When a woman suspects she’s in perimenopause, it is an excellent time to have a complete medical examination by a qualified health professional”.1

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What may the Menopause Checkup Umbrella include?

Depending on the Source (DotS) this Umbrella may include:

  • Medical Examination
  • Menopause Check-Up/Checkup

Checkup

When is it time for a menopause checkup?

In How Do I Know I’m In Menopause? The Bottom Line the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) explain:

Menopause Checkup
“When a woman suspects she’s in perimenopause, it is an excellent time to have a complete medical examination by a qualified health professional. The diagnosis of perimenopause can usually be made by reviewing a woman’s medical history, her menstrual history, and her signs and symptoms”.2

On page two in Maintaining Health and Preventing Disease After the Menopause the International Menopause Society also note:

“The menopause transition should be used as an opportunity to visit your healthcare professional for a check-up, assess potential risks and proactively start to manage later life. Obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and osteoarthritis, cognitive decline and dementia, depression, and cancer are the key diseases to address”.3

Regular Checkups

What regular checkups are needed?

In Menopause: Symptoms & Causes – Symptoms: When To See A Doctor the (United States) Mayo Clinic explain:

“Keep up with regular visits with your doctor for preventive health care and any medical concerns. Continue getting these appointments during and after menopause.

Preventive health care as you age may include recommended health screening tests, such as colonoscopy, mammography and triglyceride screening. Your doctor might recommend other tests and exams, too, including thyroid testing if suggested by your history, and breast and pelvic exams”.

In Menopause FAQs: Your Health After Menopause — Q. As I mature past menopause, how can I achieve the best possible health? the NAMS explain:

“A. Get the checkups you need and maintain a healthy lifestyle. The risks of osteoporosis, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer all rise after menopause. Most women visit their primary care doctor or gynecologist once a year for a well-woman visit, which insurance should now cover with no copay. Even height, weight, and blood pressure checks at your visit reveal a lot about your health risks, and you and your healthcare team can discuss other tests you might need, such as cholesterol measurements, PAP tests, and mammograms”.5

The NAMS also note:

“A… Physical inactivity, obesity, and unhealthy eating, smoking, and excessive alcohol consumption increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer. The evidence continues to grow that getting active, losing excess weight, and healthy habits can reduce these risks”.6

Bleeding After Menopause

Is bleeding from the vagina normal after menopause?

No. The Mayo Clinic note:

“Always seek medical advice if you have bleeding from your vagina after menopause”.7

The (United Kingdom) NHS (National Health Service) also note:

“Bleeding between periods, bleeding after having sex, or bleeding after the menopause needs to be checked by a doctor”.8

Health Care Provider

Apart from a menopause checkup and regular checkups, when should I see my health care provider?

On page two in Menopause the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health explain:

“See Your Doctor If

  • You are troubled by less regular periods
  • You have symptoms of menopause that interfere with daily life
  • If you have symptoms of depression and anxiety, including changes to your thinking, eating, sleeping and enjoyment of activities”.9

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  1. How Do I Know I’m In Menopause? The Bottom Line. North American Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org/for-women/menopauseflashes/menopause-symptoms-and-treatments/how-do-i-know-i’m-in-menopause- Accessed: 19 July 2020
  2. How Do I Know I’m In Menopause? The Bottom Line. North American Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org/for-women/menopauseflashes/menopause-symptoms-and-treatments/how-do-i-know-i’m-in-menopause- Accessed: 19 July 2020
  3. Maintaining Health and Preventing Disease After the Menopause. 2014:2. International Menopause Society https://www.imsociety.org/downloads/world_menopause_day_2014/booklets/ims_wmd_booklet_2014_english.pdf Accessed: 19 July 2020
  4. Menopause: Symptoms & Causes – Symptoms: When To See A Doctor. 07 August 2017. Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/menopause/symptoms-causes/syc-20353397 Accessed: 19 July 2020
  5. Menopause FAQs: Your Health After Menopause — Q. As I mature past menopause, how can I  achieve the best possible health? North American Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org/for-women/menopause-faqs-your-health-after-menopause Accessed: 19 July 2020
  6. Menopause FAQs: Your Health After Menopause — Q. As I mature past menopause, how can I  achieve the best possible health? North American Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org/for-women/menopause-faqs-your-health-after-menopause Accessed: 19 July 2020
  7. Menopause: Symptoms & Causes – Symptoms: When To See A Doctor. 07 August 2017. Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/menopause/symptoms-causes/syc-20353397 Accessed: 19 July 2020
  8. Periods: Overview – Changes In Your Periods. Page Last Reviewed: 05 August 2019. NHS (National Health Service) https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/periods/#changes-in-your-periods Accessed: 19 July 2020
  9. Menopause: See Your Doctor If. Updated September 2018:2. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://jeanhailes.org.au/contents/documents/Resources/Fact_sheets/Menopause.pdf Accessed: 19 July 2020

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