The following tips may be beneficial for these common symptoms
Hot flashes are the most common symptom in women going through menopause. Here are some ways you can stay cool:
- Wear fabrics that breathe, such as cotton.
- Dress in layers so you can easily remove some of the layers when you are warm.
- If you feel a hot flash coming on, drink a glass of cold
- If troubled by night sweats, keep a cold facecloth or ice pack
by your bed.
- Consider investing in mattress pads or bedding that is designed to keep you cool
- Decrease your intake of caffeine and alcohol.
- Avoid spicy foods and hot drinks.
- Avoid tobacco.
is also widely used to treat hot flashes. Talk to your doctor before taking any herbs or supplements.
Vaginal Dryness and Urinary Problems
Physical problems are not limited to hot flashes. Your body undergoes lots of changes. Contrary to popular belief, you can maintain an active sex life. Try these tips:
- Use a vaginal cream or lubricant (avoid petroleum jelly) to
help reduce pain from dryness during sexual intercourse.
- Urinate before and after sexual intercourse to help prevent
To help prevent
urinary tract infections, drink plenty of fluids and empty your bladder frequently.
daily. These exercises, which tighten and relax the muscles you use to
stop urination, strengthen the vaginal muscles, enhance
orgasm, and help prevent
It is not uncommon to feel
anxious, irritable, or
depressed. The following suggestions may help you:
- Communicate openly with your partner about your symptoms and
ask for support.
- Join or even start a support group specific to menopause or
other life changes you are experiencing.
- Find and share support with colleagues at work who are going
through the same experience.
- Identify which sources of stress you can eliminate from your
You may gain weight during this period, but it is something you can control. Proper diet and regular exercise will help you maintain a healthy weight and make you feel better.
Engage in an
aerobic exercise. Talk with your doctor first about how long to exercise and how often.
- Find ways to incorporate more exercise into your daily routine,
such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator.
- Decrease your intake of saturated fat and calories, and increase your intake of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
Menopause symptoms can be managed. Differences in symptoms are very individual. Talk with your doctor about your options.