Menopause

Simply put, menopause is the transition to the time when you can no longer experience menstrual flow and no longer become pregnant. Menopause symptoms usually begin about two years before menstruation ceases and continue one to three years after. It takes three to five years to complete the menopause process. This is a period of profound hormonal transition. Stereotypically this has meant loss of sexuality, irritability, feelings of craziness and an inability to cope with life. To ease the symptoms of menopause, try the following tips:

FOR HOT FLASHES

  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight clothing made of natural fibers.
  • Limit your intake of beverages that contain caffeine or alcohol.
  • Avoid eating rich and spicy foods.
  • Drink lots of cool drinks, especially water.
  • Avoid drinking hot beverages.

FOR VAGINAL DRYNESS

  • Avoid using deodorant soaps or scented products in the vaginal area.
  • Use water-soluble lubricants during intercourse.
  • Avoid using oils and petroleum-based products, these can lead to infection.

FOR THE EMOTIONAL UPS AND DOWNS

  • Exercise regularly for energy and to relieve stress.
  • Seek out and talk with other women who have or are going through menopause.
  • Avoid stressful situations whenever possible. Incorporate relaxation techniques into your daily life. Meditation, yoga and massages can help ease the stress and emotional turmoil you’re going through.
  • Eat a nutritious, well-balanced diet and check with your doctor about taking vitamin supplements.

If your symptoms become too much for you to take, discuss the possibility of hormone replacement therapy with your doctor.

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