Ah, the menopause. Even though the menopause is a completely natural part of ageing, it can leave people feeling like they’re riding a constant rollercoaster of low mood, irritability and unpleasant physical changes. And we don’t need to mention those dreaded hot flushes! This time of life can be difficult to navigate, but we’re here to help with tips on how you can make managing menopause a little easier.
What is menopause?
As described by the NHS, the menopause is when your periods permanently stop due to lower hormone levels. The menopause usually happens between the ages of 45 and 55, although it can occur earlier than this in some people.
The menopause is officially diagnosed 12 months after your last period. Once the menopause starts, you’re no longer reproductive and are unable to conceive children naturally.
What are the symptoms of menopause?
Menopause symptoms are different for everyone. Some people have lots of symptoms, while others have none. However, they can have a big impact on everyday life.
Many women experience changes to their mood; developing anxiety, mood swings and low self-esteem. They may also experience brain fog, making it difficult to concentrate and remember certain things.
There are several physical menopause symptoms, too, such as:
– Hot flushes
– Headaches and migraines
– Heart palpitations
– Night sweats
– Difficulty sleeping
– Weight gain
– Dry and itchy skin
– Vaginal dryness or pain
– Discomfort during sex
– Poor sex drive
– Recurring urinary tract infections (UTIs)
Symptoms of menopause rarely happen at the same time. They can also change quite regularly. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, seek advice from your GP, as they may be able to help reduce the impact they have on your daily life.
Tips on managing menopause
Managing menopause can sometimes feel overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. We’ve pulled together a few tips to help ease your menopause symptoms.
Hot flushes often sneak up without warning, making them difficult to navigate. There’s sadly no quick fix, but it’s a good idea to have a cold bottle of water to hand. Instead of thick, heavy knitwear, wear lightweight layers that you can take off whenever you need to. Keep your home at a chilled temperature and try to avoid alcohol and spicy food as much as possible – at least until the hot flushes pass.
If hot flushes are stopping you from getting a good night’s rest, slip into a light pair of cotton PJs and place a bag of frozen peas under your pillow. Keep flipping your pillow over throughout the night so you’re always laying on the cold side. You should also try swapping a thick quilt for a lighter blanket to help eliminate some of the heat.
Vaginal dryness during menopause is far more common than you might think. Thankfully, there are lots of products that may help with vaginal dryness and irritation during sex, such as water-based vaginal lubricants and Replens Vaginal Moisturiser. These products may provide short-term relief during intercourse and improve moisture levels, restoring balance to your intimate health.
To help ease the symptoms of mood swings, try meditating for 10 minutes every day. You could also take note of negative thoughts by writing them down in a journal. As soon as you shut the book, leave the negative thoughts behind and try to get on with your day as best you can. This may help you gain back some control.
Supplements may help, too. Health & Her Perimenopause Multi-Nutri Tablets, Vitabiotics 70+ and Seven Seas Complete Multivitamins provide your body with the nutrients it needs which may alleviate some of the worst symptoms of menopause.
If you’re finding it difficult to control the symptoms of menopause, check out Superdrug Online Doctor for additional help and support.
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