Menopause is a natural and normal phase of every woman’s life. Unfortunately, this phase often includes symptoms like sleep disturbances, hot flashes, night sweats, and mood swings that can make women miserable.
There are some ways you can make it through this phase with fewer symptoms — or at least, less severe ones. These are some of the methods that have been shown to help menopausal women cope with physical and emotional symptoms of menopause.
Regular aerobic exercise is key when you’re going through menopause. Research shows that regular exercise can improve your mood, help you avoid menopausal weight gain, and increase bone and muscle mass to help prevent fractures. The jury is still out on whether it can help with hot flashes for all women, but the other benefits make it worth your while anyway. Get into the habit now, and you could enjoy a healthier, fitter version of yourself for years to come.
Take time for yourself
Menopause symptoms can be aggravated by high stress levels, a poor diet, and smoking. In addition to getting regular exercise, take time to do something you enjoy that helps you relax and relieve stress. Eat healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables, and don’t smoke. These factors will all help you feel better in general, and can definitely alleviate discomforts associated with menopause.
Complementary and alternative approaches
Some research suggests that alternative medicine approaches like yoga, tai-chi, meditation, and acupuncture may be helpful in reducing menopausal symptoms. Use caution when taking herbs, though. Most have not been shown to be effective for reducing menopause symptoms, and some, like black cohosh, can cause dangerous liver problems in some poeple.
Consider options beyond hormones
Menopause hormone therapy, given for the shortest amount of time at the lowest possible dose, is safe and effective for many women. Typically, it is prescribed if your symptoms are severe and interfering with life, and you don’t have a high risk of breast cancer or heart disease. But if hormones aren’t right for you, you’re not out of options. Consider talking with your gynecologist about separate treatments to combat your specific symptoms. For instance, you may wish to consider:
- A sleep aid to help with insomnia
- Topical estrogen cream for vaginal dryness and discomfort
- Osteoporosis medications if you’re at high risk for fractures
- Antidepressants for depression
Don’t just assume you have to suffer through menopause. With some healthy lifestyle changes and the expertise of your gynecologist, you can get back to feeling like yourself again.
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