All women will go through menopause as they age, and most will experience some type and duration of symptoms. These symptoms can be so severe that they impact and interfere with the woman’s quality of life. Learn about the common symptoms of menopause and how to manage them naturally.
Menopausal Symptoms Which Cause the Most Discomfort
Most people refer to menopause as a women’s “change of life” and as you start to experience these changes in your 40s, you’ll also start to notice some uncomfortable symptoms. These changes come when your levels of estrogen in your body fall. Every woman seems to experience her own unique set of symptoms and severity does tend to vary greatly. While some women are lucky enough to not notice any symptoms at all, others find their symptoms to be unmanageable if left unaddressed. Certain factors like genetics, age of your first menstrual cycle, weight, ethnic background, and lifestyle factors seem to impact the severity and prevalence of symptoms of menopause. Symptoms of menopause sometimes disappear within a couple of months but can last for many years after a woman’s last menstrual period.
Most often, these menopausal symptoms include:
-Hot flashes (noted so often that it’s actually become somewhat of a cliche surrounding menopause!)
-Moodiness and mood swings
-Extreme tiredness and fatigue
-Painful and stiff joints
– Lack of interest in sex
Women also become more at risk for developing health conditions as they ago. During the time they are going through menopause, more women start to develop heart disease. Certain problems are linked to a lowered estrogen level.
Managing Menopause without Medications
Most women find that menopause symptoms, as unpleasant as they are, are actually quite manageable without the use of medications. They are able to do so through lifestyle changes.
Here are some quick tips on managing menopause symptoms without medical interventions:
-Chart hot flashes to discover triggers. Write down time of day, meals, activity, etc. to spot patterns and pin down your triggers so you’ll know what to expect and avoid.
-Don’t smoke — many women note that smoking makes menopause symptoms worse.
-Avoid hot drinks, hot foods, spicy foods, alcohol, caffeine, hot rooms & weather, and stressful situations.
– Exercise regularly to reduce stress, prevent heart disease, get a better night’s sleep, and keep osteoporosis at bay.
-Shed a few pounds as women who weigh less typically report fewer symptoms.
-Drink lots of cold water throughout the day and keep a glass of ice water by the bed at night.