Menopause Symptoms can be Alleviated Quickly
As women approach menopause (usually around age 50), they commonly experience symptoms, such as hot flashes (also called “hot flushes”), mood disorders, irritability, loss of libido, insomnia, depression, and other discomforts.
Hot flashes typically begin a year or two before women reach menopause (defined officially as 12 consecutive months with no menstruation) and may last from just a few months up to five years or longer. For some fortunate women, the sudden and intense warmth and sweating of hot flashes and its associated discomforts may occur just a few times a week, but for others, they can strike several times a day, making it hard for them to work, to spend time with friends and family, and even to go out in public. Hot flashes that occur overnight, known as “night sweats,” can make it difficult to get a good night’s sleep.
The physiologic mechanisms that trigger and control menopausal symptoms are not completely understood, but one thing is eminently clear: they result from the pre-programmed shutdown of a woman’s ovaries and the resulting deficiency of the ovaries’ primary hormonal product, estrogen.
Your hormones have a huge effect on how menopause symptoms affect you. Keeping your hormones in balance can minimize the way menopause intrudes into your day to day life. The best way to keep you hormones in balance is to first get them checked to see which ones need your attention. Dr. Angie offers hormone testing and programs to help you balance them in the most efficient manner. Just click here.
Dealing with specific menopause symptoms
Below are some symptoms that women may have around the time of menopause and tips for dealing with them.
- Try to notice what triggers your hot flashes and avoid those things. Possible triggers to consider include spicy foods, alcohol, caffeine, stress, or being in a hot place.
- Dress in layers and remove some when you feel a flash starting.
- Use a fan in your home or workplace.
- Try taking slow, deep breaths when a flash starts.
- If you’re overweight, losing weight might help with hot flashes.
- A water-based, over-the-counter vaginal lubricant like K-Y Jelly or Astroglide can help make sex more comfortable.
- An over-the-counter vaginal moisturizer can help keep needed moisture in your vagina if used every few days and can make sex more comfortable.
- One of the best ways to get a good night’s sleep is to be physically active. You might want to avoid exercise close to bedtime, though, since it might make you more awake.
- Avoid large meals, smoking, and working right before bedtime. Avoid caffeine after noon, and avoid alcohol close to bedtime.
- Try drinking something warm before bedtime, such as caffeine-free tea or warm milk.
- Keep your bedroom dark, quiet, and cool. Use your bedroom only for sleep and sex.
- Avoid napping during the day, and try to go to bed and get up at the same times every day.
- If you wake during the night and can’t get back to sleep, get up and do something relaxing until you’re sleepy.
- Talk to your doctor about your sleep problems.
- If hot flashes are the cause of sleep problems, treating the hot flashes will usually improve sleep.
- Getting enough sleep and staying physically active will help you feel your best.
- Avoid taking on too many duties. Look for positive ways to ease your stress.
- Talk to your doctor. He or she can look for signs of depression, which is a serious illness that needs treatment. You also could consider seeing a therapist to talk about your problems.
- Try a support group for women who are going through the same things as you.
- Getting enough sleep and keeping physically active might help improve symptoms.
- If forgetfulness or other mental problems are affecting your daily life, see your doctor.
As women approach the stage of menopause, the threat of developing severe hot flashes, night sweats, and other anxiety symptoms will arise as well. The body needs excellent nutritional support from unprocessed foods at this turning point of your menstrual cycle. Maintaining a fit and healthy body will make it a lot easier for you to deal with menopause symptoms.