Menopause is a significant phase in a woman's life, associated with a multitude of changes, including a reduction in bone density. This happens because estrogen levels decline. Estrogen has a major role in maintaining bone density.
At Ideal Gynecology, board-certified gynecologist Lillian Schapiro, MD, FACOG, and our team of women’s health nurse practitioners, Tiffany Morgan, WHNP, Clara Jones, FNP, Kathryn Garren, WHNP, and Olivia Taylor, WHNP, aim to assist women in navigating these changes. Keeping your bones strong is a top priority as you transition through menopause.
Menopausal changes and bone health
During menopause, the decreased levels of estrogen can lead to an increase in bone loss. This happens when the rate of bone resorption (breakdown) accelerates, and the body has trouble replacing it fast enough.
This puts women going through menopause at risk of osteoporosis. That’s why it’s vital for women going through menopause to take proactive steps to protect their bone health.
Dietary adjustments for bone health
Your diet plays a critical role in maintaining bone health. Foods rich in calcium and vitamin D are essential for healthy bones. Calcium is a crucial mineral for bone strength, while vitamin D aids in its absorption. Incorporating dairy products, leafy green vegetables, fortified foods, and certain types of fish in your diet are beneficial.
Depending on your unique circumstances, your Ideal Gynecology provider may recommend calcium and vitamin D supplementation to ensure you meet your needs of these crucial nutrients.
Exercise and bone health
Weight bearing activities are a key component of keeping your bones strong as you age. Activities such as walking, jogging, tennis, and dancing apply force on your bones, which stimulates bone-forming cells and helps preserve bone density.
Hormone therapy and bone health
At Ideal Gynecology, we recognize that each woman's menopause experience is unique. For some, hormone replacement therapy may be a good option to manage menopause symptoms and prevent bone loss. Restoring hormonal balance can help you feel more like yourself again and protect your bones.
Regular check-ups and bone density testing
Regular health check-ups and bone density testing can provide insights into your bone health status and help identify any potential problems early. Bone density tests are simple, noninvasive, and can detect osteoporosis before a fracture occurs. At Ideal Gynecology, we provide comprehensive bone health assessments and personalized treatment plans to address any concerns related to menopausal bone loss.
Menopause is a natural phase of life, and though it comes with its challenges, there are ways to effectively manage them, and the Ideal Gynecology team can help. The Ideal Gynecology team is committed to providing exceptional support and care to help you navigate this journey with confidence.
If you’ve entered menopause and are concerned about your bone health, schedule a visit with us by calling 470-491-1638, and our scheduling coordinator will assist you. Ideal Gynecology can help you take the reins by making bone health a top priority.