Dealing With Symptoms of Menopause
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Sure, aging is a natural part of life. But that doesn’t mean we have to accept it (and everything that comes along with it) with open arms and smiles on our faces—but we can make it easier for ourselves.
Menopause is one of those phases in a woman’s life that can be difficult to accept and adjust to. And when you add in uncomfortable symptoms, such as hot flashes and sleeplessness, it only makes it worse. However, you don’t have to suffer through the symptoms without relief.
Here are some of the most common symptoms of menopause and ways to manage them:
Hot Flashes: If you’re dealing with hot flashes, there are a few different tricks for staying cool. For one, try to observe what triggers your hot flashes, such as spicy foods, alcohol, stress, or caffeine, and avoid them. Other ways to stay cool include dressing in layers (you can remove them during a hot flash) and using a fan at home or work. If those ideas don’t help, talk to your doctor about menopausal hormone therapy, birth control pills, or other prescription medications that may reduce hot flashes.
Mood Swings: Irritability and mood swings are also common among menopausal women, and it’s important to ensure you’re getting enough sleep and staying active during the day to help you feel your best. Additionally, avoid taking on too many projects and/or responsibilities to help ease your stress; instead, devote your time to more relaxing activities that you enjoy. If the transition of menopause is difficult to cope with, consider seeing a therapist or joining a support group of other women to help you stay positive.
Memory Problems: Although researchers have not found a lot of evidence to support a connection between menopause and memory loss, getting plenty of sleep and staying physically active may help improve these functions. If memory problems begin affecting your daily life, see your doctor.
Vaginal Dryness: If sex has become uncomfortable due to vaginal dryness, consider purchasing a water-based, over-the-counter vaginal lubricant or moisturizer to apply beforehand.
Sleep Problems: Many women find that they struggle with sleep problems as a result of menopause as well. To get a good night’s sleep, you may need to make a few lifestyle changes, such as exercising during the day (but not too close to bedtime) as well as avoiding large meals, smoking, and working right before bed. Your bedroom should also be dark, quiet, and cool. Additionally, try to go to bed and wake up at the same times every day.
CKHS Menopause Services
Crozer-Keystone offers an array of programs for women before, during and after menopause. Some services are provided right in your doctor's office, while others are conveniently located at facilities throughout the Crozer-Keystone Health System. To schedule an appointment, please contact us at 1-800-CK-HEALTH (1-800-254-3258).