Menopause is a natural part of every woman’s life. The transition into menopause is not a universal experience, some are subjected to more symptoms than others. Let this blog serve as a template for overcoming the challenges of this hallmark of womanhood.
Perimenopause is a time period that signifies the onset of menopause which typically begins in your 40’s, and for some women, as early as mid 30’s. During this time period, women may experience shorter and irregular periods indicating the natural loss of ovary function. Furthermore, less estrogen will be produced and there will be a decline in fertility. Some women during perimenopause may experience symptoms such as hot flashes, night flashes, vaginal dryness, changes in sexual desire, along with other physical and emotional side effects. While treatment is not necessary, your provider may be able to prescribe medications to alleviate symptoms.
Many mistake the perimenopause transitional period as menopause itself. However, true menopause is when a woman’s menstrual cycle completely ceases for at least one year. Post-menopause, women can expect several changes in physical and mental wellbeing. Below are a few tips you can implement into your routine to alleviate symptoms:
- Identify your triggers. Many times hot flashes can be linked to an external trigger, such as caffeine or alcohol. Try to identify potential sources of stress that lead to your hot flashes.
- Consider kegel exercise. Women going through menopause may experience incontinence, or have difficulty controlling the bladder. Doing kegel exercises can strengthen your pelvic floor muscles to help with bladder control.
- Increase calcium and Vitamin D intake. Menopausal women are more likely to experience osteoporosis, or weakening of the bones. Increasing consumption of these nutrients can help prevent this condition. Foods rich in calcium and vitamin D include salmon, oranges, and dairy products.
- Limit smoking. Smoking can increase your risk for a host of conditions, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, and may even increase likelihood of hot flashes.
- Stay physically active. During menopause, women tend to gain weight in their midsection. Staying active can help prevent weight gain. Consider simple lifestyle changes, such as walking around your neighborhood, or opting to take the stairs instead of an elevator.
- Stay mentally active. Memory loss and forgetfulness are common during aging. Stimulating your brain, such as learning new skills or completing crossword puzzles provides several benefits for your brain health.
The tips mentioned above can serve as a starting point to help you navigate your health and wellbeing through menopause. For a personalized treatment plan, schedule an appointment with us.