As women start to approach their golden years (around their late 30s to early 40s), their bodies start to go through menopause.
Also known as the “change of life,” this condition occurs when a woman ceases to have menstrual cycles. During this time, her body starts to go through a myriad of changes resulting from the hormonal imbalances that are created from the lack of menses.
Approximately 70 percent of women who go through the change of life experience menopausal symptoms. Symptoms can occur several years prior to the actual onset of this condition and when they do, the condition is referred to as perimenopausal.
Common symptoms of menopause include:
- Hot flashes
- Irregular menses
- Intrauterine bleeding
- Vaginal changes
- Mental changes
- Weight gain
The type and duration of these symptoms vary and often require treatment and lifestyle adjustments to make living with this condition more bearable.
Whether you are perimenopausal, menopausal, or post-menopausal, there are some adjustments you can make to your lifestyle to improve the way you feel while your body starts to acclimate to the hormonal changes that are taking place.
Pay attention to your diet, since certain foods can trigger episodes of hot flashes, headaches, and many of the other symptoms that are associated with the change of life.
Increase your fluid intake and reduce the amount of sodium in your diet. Try to live as stress-free as possible. High stress levels can cause your symptoms to occur and even increase their severity.
Do yoga or meditate to lower your stress levels and improve your chances of getting sleep. Exercise and stay active to help prevent weight gain. Exercise also helps to boost moods and energy levels.
Depending on the severity and duration of your symptoms, there are treatment options available to make living with this condition much easier. It is possible to achieve some type of relief with the use of natural supplements and over the counter medications.
Keep in mind that natural supplements and over the counter medicines only minimize certain symptoms of menopause, not all of them.
Hormone therapy is a more effective treatment option for menopausal women. This treatment involves the replacement of hormones that are lost with naturally recurring ones to help reverse the effects of this condition on the body.
Treatment can be administered with creams, injections, gels, patches, and sublingual tablets. The method of application is dependent on your medical history, preference, and your doctor’s recommendations.
With the right combination of dietary and lifestyle changes, along with hormone therapy, you can live a happy and comfortable life that is menopause-symptom free.
Regardless of how old you are when you start to experience the effects of menopause, it’s possible to live a happy, healthy, and stress-free life on your terms.
Talk with your doctor to learn more about how hormone therapy can make living with menopause much easier.