Menopause is a period many women dread. It is because menopause is followed by various symptoms which are not life-threatening, but they can decrease the quality of life. Still, it is inevitable that every woman will go through this period. It usually occurs between the age of 49 and 53, but it can occur earlier as well, in case of hysterectomy.
What are the symptoms of menopause?
Menopause is characterized by decreasing in levels of estrogen and progesterone in female body. The periods get less frequent and irregular, and after a while they stop completely. There is also a range of other symptoms which are unrelated with reproductive organs, and they can be quite unpleasant.
Common symptoms of menopause are hot flashes, excess sweating (especially overnight), mood swings and memory problems. Vaginal dryness and decreased sexual desire also occur often. All these symptoms are not troublesome in a way they can affect your health. Not all women experience them with equal intensity, either. However, some women can have very severe symptoms of menopause. In such cases, there are methods to relieve the symptoms and make the quality of life higher and everyday activities more enjoyable.
There are many natural methods for relieving some of the menopause symptoms successfully. Of course, it depends on their severity, but women with mild to moderate symptoms can successfully reduce them this way.
You can drink warm chamomile tea or milk before bed to help you sleep if you have insomnia. Also, you can use valerian drops to help you calm down and fall asleep. Vaginal dryness can be resolved by using water-based lubricants.
Change in lifestyle
Change in habits and lifestyle can affect the symptoms of menopause and help you deal with them. There are some new habits you need to adopt and some old ones to adjust. For example, you can deal with hot flashes by changing the diet and lifestyle. Spicy food, alcohol and caffeine are often triggers to hot flashes, so you should avoid them or at least limit them.
Physical activity can help you deal with a number of menopause symptoms. It is a general rule that physically active people have less trouble sleeping, so it can also help you in case you have menopause-related insomnia. Since physical activity also helps you cope with stress, by being active you can also reduce the stress-induced hot flashes. Physical activity helps your body produce endorphin. This is why you can overcome mood swings and bad mood thanks to exercise.
Hormone replacement therapy
Hormone replacement therapy is one the method often used for relieving menopause symptoms. Doctors usually prescribe this therapy to women who have severe symptoms of menopause, which heavily affect their everyday lives. Also, it is also prescribed to women who have had hysterectomy, because they experience the same symptoms as women in age-induced menopause.
Hormone replacement therapy fights all symptoms of menopause, and it can include only estrogen or estrogen and progesterone combined. This depends on the cause of the symptoms – whether it is menopause or hysterectomy that cause them. You can take the therapy in various forms – pills, gels, creams, patches and even as implants. In each case, it is necessary for the doctor to determine whether the therapy is suitable for you.