How To Deal with The Symptoms of Menopause

Tips for Making a Smooth Transition


Many women find that just when they are getting their lives in order - steady career, solid relationship, children either grown or well on their way - they begin to experience a variety of symptoms due to the fluctuating hormone levels associated with impending menopause. While some women make this transition with barely a noticeable symptom, most will experience at least a few physical and emotional discomforts.

Since perimenopause (the years preceding true menopause, when hormones are in a constant state of flux) can last from two to eight years, it is important for women to understand that there are ways to manage their symptoms. Taking active steps to make those years as trouble-free as possible can help women to transition easily through menopause.

  1. Schedule a Check-Up: Many menopausal symptoms can mimic those of a variety of health issues, so women who are experiencing any concerns should begin with a thorough medical exam. Ruling out other causes of discomfort clears the path to focus on menopause alone.

  2. Consider Your Options: Some women choose hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to alleviate menopausal symptoms, while others prefer to seek out alternatives. What is right for one woman may not be the best choice for another, but it is important for all women to educate themselves about their options.

  3. Assess Your Symptoms: Hot flashes, mood swings, irregular menstrual periods, and diminished libido are all common symptoms of menopause. Many women note additional symptoms, including but not limited to fatigue, achy joints, itchy skin, and hair loss. Keeping a close eye on symptoms and noting their intensity is important for deciding on a plan of action.

  4. Talk it Out: A generation ago, menopause wasn't considered a topic for polite conversation. Fortunately, women today are more comfortable than their mothers were with the subject, making it easier for them to find answers to their concerns. While some women welcome menopause, others may view it as a loss, signifying the end of their child-bearing years. This can be especially difficult for women who have postponed motherhood and may be reconsidering their choice. Talking to other women who are experiencing similar feelings can be quite helpful.

  5. Look Into Herbs: Many mainstream doctors are now considering the benefits of herbal supplements for relief of menopausal symptoms. Two that are currently getting a lot of attention are black cohosh and red clover. See How To Use Herbs and Supplements to Ease Menopausal Symptoms for more on this topic.

  6. Watch Your Diet: Research seems to indicate that a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and soy may be beneficial in minimizing the symptoms of menopause. Following a healthy eating plan makes sense for overall health, so implementing positive dietary changes certainly can't hurt!

  7. Make Time to De-Stress: Tension, anxiety, and mild depression are complaints that many women bring to their doctors while they are in perimenopause. Getting regular exercise and carving out time for quiet reflection can help to ease the stresses associated with menopause. Click here to learn how to meditate and relieve stress.

  8. Stay Involved: Maintaining contact with friends, family, and the community can be beneficial in a number of ways. Loved ones can provide a wonderful source of support and encouragement during perimenopause. Having a good laugh, an understanding ear, or just a place to vent your frustrations can work wonders!

When undergoing any life transition, knowing that you have choices is important. Menopause is a perfectly natural stage of life, and learning ways to manage the physical and emotional changes can make the transition as smooth as possible.


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