Menopause, a period we try to avoid, we don’t like talking or thinking about it. But at the end of the day is yet another of the natural life cycles. We cannot avoid menopause no matter how much we try, and then again, why would we want to do that? But instead of being scared of it and its coming, let’s take a look together at what symptoms it brings and how it will affect us and most of all, what can we do in order to make it better.
- Hot flashes
This is probably one of the most common symptoms that at least three in every four women deal with. They usually tend to happen one or two years before the menopause sets in. although they are cold hot flashes, a great number of women experience rather cold flashes, cold chills. However, this symptom is a totally natural and logical reaction that the body has to a decreased supply of the hormone estrogen.
What can we do about it? You can turn to your doctor in order to write a prescription of a low hormonal birth control pills. Keeping your hormones under control might help with the flashes. Keep a track of the flashes, when they tend to happen, what triggers them and try avoiding these situations/ foods and so on.
- Vaginal infections and problems
Vaginal problems are, unfortunately, yet another consequence of the hormonal levels. Due to this, you might experience a dryness, a sense of itching or burning which might cause pain even during intercourse.
So what can be done? Try using a vaginal moisturizer that will take care of the dryness and it might ease the sex experience. Once again, the doctor might prescribe certain medicine, birth control pills could represent a solution, but only as the doctor recommends it.
- Irregular periods
The hormonal imbalance might cause irregular periods, meaning they will either come at weird times, come heavier than or not as heavy as they used to and so on.
What’s there to do? First of all, consult your doctor in order to make sure that it’s menopause at the core of the problem rather than other medical problems.
- Memory problems
You might notice having trouble focusing or remembering certain things. One thing you can think of here is getting enough sleep. Lack of proper sleep might lead to difficulties in concentration and even memory loss to a certain extent.
What to do? Firstly, if the forgetfulness starts to get in the way of your day to day life do not hesitate and talk to your doctor. As I already mention, don’t neglect sleep and try working out in order to keep your body in shape.
- Mood swings
In case you already experienced these kind of mood changed during your monthly periods or post birth, you are more likely to get them when your menopause kicks in as well. However, do not confuse mood swings with depression!
What can you do? Once again, sleep is a key elements, so try to get as much sleep as possible, quality sleep. Try various activities and engaging exercises. Try to avoid stress when possible. Stress only increases these mood swings.
- Sleeping issues
This one also has a logical and, of course, hormonal explanation. Low levels of progesterone don’t allow you to take some quality time sleep. Another reason can be represented by the urinary problems that come along with menopause and that keep us awake during the night in order to regularly visit the toilet.
What is the answer? Once again, physical activity is the key. However, you might prefer to go for an earlier work out rather than a late night one (this might keep you even more awake). Also, try to avoid eating, smoking and alcohol before going to bed.
These are just some of the most common symptoms you might come across and that might haunt you during this transitional period. The point is not to give in, it shall pass as well, it might take time but keep in mind that it will get better and at least you will no longer have to worry about the bloody period of the month ever after. Also, keep in mind that whatever you feel that might be off, consult your doctor. Never be afraid to ask for professional help or a professional opinion.