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Signs of Menopause
You can have a few signs that menopause is approaching or you can have a lot of symptoms associated with it.
Some women notice hot flashes as one of the first signs. This is a common symptom and makes a woman feel an increase in temperature to her face and chest. You can feel hot and feel like your skin is burning. Hot flashes can cause night sweats to the point that you’ll have to change your nightwear.
There are many myths and jokes about aging and some focus on what happens when menopause hits. Menopause is defined as not having a menstrual period for twelve consecutive months. During this time, you may have the typical menopausal symptoms: pain, hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, insomnia, anxiety, depression, decreased libido, dryness in the vagina, body changes and weight gain.
The symptoms that go hand in hand with menopause aren’t a laughing matter to anyone who experiences them. But, there are good ways for you to decrease the symptoms of menopause. Then you will feel good and not allow symptoms to disrupt your life.
How to Manage Menopause Symptoms
Some women have found relief changing to a more healthy lifestyle, going natural with the use of alternative therapies like health supplements and herbs.
Acupuncture is also being successfully used to treat hot flashes.
The moodiness can result in an increased temper, feeling short with people, being easily annoyed or irritated or angry. It can also cause you to feel down, worried and sad, actually depressed. Spend time learning your patterns then exit your physical cycle.
Pain with intercourse comes from vaginal dryness. Prior to having sex, you
can use a vaginal lubricant such as KY jelly or Astroglide, among other similar water-based products. Do not use a petroleum-based lubricant like KY jelly, especially if you use condoms because they can cause condoms made of latex to break. Try vaginal moisturizers that do not need to be used just before sex but are used regularly throughout the week.
For hot flashes, the feeling of heat is coming from inside the body, but there are still steps you can take to lessen some of the heat. Hot flashes seem to happen randomly, make sure that you’re dressed in lightweight, cooler clothing that allows your skin to breathe. Avoid tight clothes that trap body heat. Use fans and breathe deeply. You’ll also want to make sure that your home and office temperatures are set lower.
If you’re struggling with mood swings during menopause, make sure that you’re getting enough sleep, because a lack of sleep makes everything harder.
Sleeplessness can worsen mood swings. Insomnia is a common finding in menopause. You can combat this without medications by practicing good sleeping habits. This means going to bed at the same time every night and waking up the same time every morning. Keep your bedroom cool and quiet or use a noise machine to block out any extraneous noises. Do not eat a heavy meal
before going to bed, drink caffeinated beverages, or drink alcohol before bedtime. Exercise sometime during the day but not right before going to bed at night. Avoid Ambien or trazodone or Vistaril prior to going to bed instead try the bach flower remedy rescue sleep or tart cherry or melatonin, even warm milk.
Panic attacks and anxiety are common problems in perimenopause and
menopause. You can empower your self healing and always talk to a therapist about these symptoms or you can take selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) to combat the panic attacks and anxiety but they can be addictive, they are often used only when the symptoms are severe and for a short period of time.
Fear during menopause can become part of life. New research has shown again and again that your reactions to menopause are the main cause of increased stress, not the actual stress itself.
Hair loss, while this can be upsetting, hair loss caused by menopause does end and the hair does grow back.
Some women will gain weight during menopause. The best thing you can do is to eat a well-balanced healthy diet containing plenty of fruits and vegetables, as well as whole grains, legumes, and lean meats or fish. Try to stay under 2000 calories per day.
In order to increase your metabolic rate for health, it is great to move. Try to move more, if possible, exercise about 30 minutes per day on most of the days of the week. Try doing aerobic exercises, which involve walking, jogging, cycling, swimming, gardening or any other activity you enjoy doing that gets your heart rate and respiratory rate up. Weight lifting or using weight machines can also increase your muscle tone and will increase your metabolic rate.
Stay engaged in activities that interest you and connect with other women who understand menopause so that you’ll have emotional support.
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