You suddenly experience an overwhelming sense that your body is overheating, though there is a comfortable temperature in the room. There is no hiding it. Soon your face is totally flushed and you break out in a sweat. You are experiencing what is known as a hot flash. Welcome to menopause! It is often known as ‘the change’, and it’s a big one at that.
1. Make sure it’s menopause.
If you are a woman in your late forties, you may have been experiencing the beginning stages of this natural stage of hormonal imbalance known as perimenopause. Perimenopause symptoms cease when menopause begins.
A woman is said to be in menopause when her period ends for one full year. Now that is cause for celebration, I should think!
Periods will have become intermittent by the time a woman reaches fifty years of age. Looking at the list of symptoms is enough to put anyone off. Rest assured, most women may experience some of these symptoms only occasionally, and some may go through menopause with hardly any symptoms at all.
Menopause is a natural phase in a woman’s life, and it is not something you can get rid of. You can however, manage the symptoms of menopause so that it is easier for you to live with.
2. Expect the hot flashes.
As described above, hot flashes can suddenly creep up on you when you least expect it. They can range form a delicate warming sensation to a feeling of being overtaken by intense heat. These hot flashes are due to the decreasing amounts of the hormone, estrogen in the body. This sudden drop can result in a hot flash.
You can buy certain herbal supplements at the pharmacy like black cohosh that will help you deal with this problem. If the hot flashes become a problem and are affecting your daily activities, see your doctor. Your doctor can prescribe estrogen therapy that can help you deal with this annoyance.
3. Swing that mood.
You might feel like you are on a roller coaster of emotions. If it is difficult for you, just think how your partner, family and friends must feel!
Again, these can vary from woman to woman. They can be very intense for some and less so for others. They are a result of the hormone imbalance, and treating this imbalance can help.
4. Hormonal treatment.
An ongoing feeling of fatigue and low energy is normal at this time. Along with this may come a feeling of irritability, decreased attention span, and a certain kind of insensitivity. Treating the underlying problem of hormone imbalance is the way to combat this low energy before it puts a strain on your life.
5. Get a good sleep.
If only you could just get a good night’s sleep. Then you wouldn’t feel so fatigued any longer! It’s typical for a woman going through menopause to wake up frequently at night.
Try adding some calming techniques to your ritual before going to bed. Doing light yoga and breathing exercises is a good way to calm down after a stressful day. As you relax more, your heart has less work to do and you’ll be able to get to sleep easier.
6. Make your room comfortable.
Maybe you’ve been fortunate enough to be spared the intense heat of a raging hot flash during the day. There is always the possibility of experiencing a hot flash at night! This is known as night sweats.
These episodes can vary from mild to intense. Keeping your sleeping environment at a comfortable temperature and humidity level can help.
7. Keep a notepad.
Forgetting where you placed your car keys, missing appointments, or birthdays are par for the course. Missing your train of thought can be very upsetting.
This is sometimes a temporary problem for those going through menopause, so keeping a notebook around to jot down notes about simple things can actually be a big help.
8. Have a healthy body and mind.
The hormonal changes in your body also affect weight gain, specifically that thickening around your waist. Diet and exercise are most important now.
Estrogen deficiency also causes low levels of bile being produced by the liver, which in turn leads to higher levels of intestinal gas and bloating. If this bloating feeling is persistent it is important t o talk to your doctor.
If you’ve made it this far reading down the list, you may be already depressed!
Depression can happen to anyone at any age, but if feelings of sadness and hopelessness continue for any length of time, it is advisable to seek help from your doctor.
9. Herbal supplements and remedies.
There are many natural remedies and herbal supplements that woman have been taking for years to combat the symptoms and effects of menopause. Including soy in your diet can help in many ways.
Asian women, who include a lot of soy and soy products in their diet, report fewer complaints related to menopause than women of the western world. Soy contains phytoestrogen compounds called isoflavones. The two major soy isoflavones are genistein and daidzein. These have been credited with reducing the frequency and severity of hot flashes, and even preventing weight gain after menopause.
The use of Black Cohosh, a Native American botanical remedy, can also help with keeping hot flashes to a minimum.
10. Hormone replacement therapy.
To help with the problems of menopause, women are often prescribed hormone replacement therapy, often referred to as HRT. Women are often prescribed estrogen or estrogen with progestin (another hormone).
Like all medicines, hormone replacement therapy has risks and benefits. The biggest debate is whether the benefits outweigh the risks. These hormones come in the form of pills, patches, creams or gels. Talk to your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist about hormones. They’ll help you figure out which option is best for you.
We can’t get rid of menopause, so it’s encouraging that there are steps you can take to manage the symptoms of menopause. Keep in mind that, you will make it through this period of change. Many women report feeling a stronger sense of self with increased energy and renewed interest in life. Best of luck to you!