How to Help Your Menopause Symptoms
Menopause is all about change, so how can you best manage it?
Knowledge is the key here so keep a diary to track what sets them off as it can vary a lot.
Is it caffeine, alcohol, a hot room or anxiety or stress? All are common causes so knowing what sets you off means you start to avoid triggering one.
A simple tip when a flush starts is to take slow, deep breaths, in your nose and out your mouth as being anxious and stress will make it worse.
A dab of a bioidentical progesterone cream on the inside of your wrist can also help stop it before it really develops.
At night, these can go on for 3 minutes or more, leaving you drenched in sweat and unable to sleep.
But there are ways to keep your cool so try switching cozy nightwear for light cotton, and slip a bag of frozen peas into a plastic bag and put under your pillow, and flip the pillow through the night and put your face on the cool side.
Look for specific products designed to keep you cool, choose layers of light blankets over one thick quilt or duvet and use a bedside fan to keep air moving.
Severe symptoms such as night sweats respond best to a combined bioidentical progesterone and oestrogen cream, rather than just progesterone alone.
Unfortunately, there is plenty to keep you awake up Menopause from night sweats through anxiety and stress – all of which can affect your sleep.
Yoga, tai chi, and meditation can help and any exercise can make a difference — just stop 3 hours before bedtime.
Skip a nightcap, as alcohol will wake you up later and try warm milk instead. It has a substance in it that can help you relax.
Bioidentical progesterone is a natural relaxant and can help you sleep, as can a a natural herbal sleep supplement, but if you are really tossing and turning it doesn’t help to fight it. Get out of bed and read until sleepy.
Hormone changes leave the vagina thinner and dryer, which can make sex painful. There are a few ways to help: the more sex you’re able to have, the better for blood flow, which keeps things healthy and there are a number of water-based vaginal lubricants or vaginal moisturisers.
A combination bioidentical cream with oestrogen can also help, and you can also ask your doctor about prescription vaginal creams or rings for dryness and painful sex.
If you actually have atrophy, then you will certainly need additional oestrogen from your doctor and you can use bioidentical progesterone alongside to balance it.
This again seems to become more frequent at Menopause and there is no immediate or short-term solution.
However, the first thing to do is actually make more time for sex and try using more massage and foreplay, too.
Hormone changes are a main cause, and progesterone is the main hormone behind sex drive in women so if you are low that will be having an effect.
Other things that diminish your sex drive can strike at the same time such as tiredness, poor sleep, bladder trouble, or feeling anxious, depressed or stressed.
This might take you back to your pre-menopause days if you suffered from conditions such as PMS, it will seem horribly familiar. Unfortunately if you had bad PMS, the hormonal changes that happen during this time may cause even bigger mood swings.
You may experience sudden unexpected bouts of crying, being angry, more sad than usual what even more happy than usual but whatever it is it seems more extreme.
Yoga and tai chi can help here, too as can sharing good times with friends or family. Your doctor is likely to suggest a low-dose birth control pill, antidepressants, but there are a number of natural alternatives and again bioidentical progesterone can certainly help with such mood changes.
Migraines can get worse at or around the time of menopause, or show up for the first time.
Again a good technique to help yourself is to keep a diary to see what seems to trigger them and if they show up along with hot flushes as that way you can take steps to lessen them.
Eating small meals through the day can help if hunger is a headache trigger and a change in your sleep schedule may also be a trigger, so try to keep to the same schedule every night.
Hair loss or gain
Hair can thin or shed faster around the time of menopause., but a t the same time, it may show up where you don’t want it — on your chin and cheeks.
To save what you have treat it gently by avoiding too much sun, which is drying, and switch to colouring products that don’t have harsh chemicals.
With unwanted facial hair, that often indicates a rise in testosterone, so check your hormone balance and seek professional advice on how to get rid of it.
You expect to have acne in your teens but not in your 50s but it’s common around menopause, too.
Make sure your moisturiser, sunscreen, cleanser, and other facial products are gentle.
Look for the words “oil free,” “won’t clog pores,” “noncomedogenic,” and “non-acnegenic.” Even tough cases can clear with time and may need a doctor’s help if serious.
“Use it or lose it” really can help you fight fuzzy thinking and stay focused during menopause.
Challenge your brain in new ways by learning something new, like a hobby or language, or a daily crossword or jigsaw puzzle can help too.
Lowering your stress level can help as well because women with more hot flushes – which can be linked to stress – say they have more memory troubles.
These are certainly the main symptoms that women can experience, but of course it does not mean you will experience all of them or even some of them.
Hormone balance is often linked to many of these symptoms, and some of these simple tips will help you stay ahead and hopefully avoid them becoming severe.