Once you reach the age of 50, your doctor will recommend you undergo a colonoscopy. If you have a family history of colon cancer or polyps, you may need to be tested at 45.
A colonoscopy allows your doctor to look inside the large intestine with a flexible tube as you lay on your side. If polyps are found, they can be cut out and tested to see if they are benign or malignant.
Most people dread the prep day more than the procedure, so here are 3 ways to prepare for a colonoscopy in menopause:
Once you schedule your appointment, a nurse usually calls and goes over your list of medications. Some like aspirin may be stopped a week ahead of time, and on the day of the colonoscopy, essential meds can be taken with just a sip of water.
You’ll follow a clear liquid diet for 1-2 days before, so don’t be afraid to ask questions if you don’t understand something.
Follow Prep Day Instructions
Of course, it’s a given that you would rather have a date night with your husband instead of chained to the toilet, but remember it is only one night, and you’re being proactive about your health.
You have to drink that big bottle full of solution to clean your insides out and it doesn’t’ taste like a root beer float. Down each cup with sips of apple juice or 7-UP to cut the nasty taste.
Don’t be tempted to pour the last bit of solution down the drain, because if the doctor can’t see clearly inside, you’ll have to do a repeat performance.
Plan Something Fun
Plan to do something fun after the procedure. This will give you something to occupy your mind while you are waiting for your appointment to begin.