There are many different challenges women face at every stage in their life. A big one that really stands out for most women in their lifetime occurs during their late 40’s. Menopause.
While some women will breeze on through it, others really struggle with it. There’s no doubt that it can be a debilitating experience and one filled with feelings of anger, depression, and many different symptoms.
There are many factors that come along with menopause and some women may not know where to even start. However, it’s important to know what to expect and what is going on with your body throughout your menopause journey. It’s also important to rule out all of the “myths” and things you might read about on Google.
So today, we’re here to help. We’ll be giving you a quick few tips to guide you through menopause.
What is Menopause?
Menopause is something normal that can happen to many women. It happens when you stop menstruating and reach the end of your natural reproductive life. It’s defined as when you haven’t had a period for 12 consecutive months.
What Age Does it Start?
Menopause typically occurs between the ages of 45-55, or when your estrogen levels decline. The ovaries don’t ovulate or release eggs anymore. The timing of this can be different for many women. However, symptoms can begin or continue for many years before and after menopause occurs.
What Are the Symptoms of Menopause?
It is said that there are 34 main symptoms of menopause. Some may go unnoticed while others strongly disrupt your day to day life.
34 Symptoms of Menopause
- Irregular periods
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Low mood
- Vaginal dryness
- Joint stiffness
- Memory loss
- Concentration problems
- Breast soreness
- Decreased libido
- Digestive issues
- Burning mouth
- Dental issues
- Electric shocks
- Muscle tension
- Itchy skin
- Tingling skin
- Sleep disturbance
- Weight gain
- Hair loss
- Brittle nails
- Irregular heartbeat
- Body odor
- New allergies
- Panic attacks
With all of these symptoms, it is easy to see why menopause is a dreaded season of life. Unfortunately, there is no treatment for menopause, it is just something that happens. However, there are many treatments that can help alleviate some of the many symptoms.
Tips on What You Can Do For Menopause
When going through menopause it is very important to stay on top of your health. A few things you can do to feel happier and healthier are below.
- Exercise regularly.
- Consider looking into gut health and improving your diet.
- Eat “happy hormone” foods such as chickpeas, oats, and lentils.
- Pay attention to your calcium intake, this is something you lose after menopause!
- Eat little, but often. This helps keep your blood sugar levels up.
- Think about your drinks. Pay attention to too much caffeine or alcohol.
- Pay attention to your mental health, and see a therapist if you notice things don’t get better.
- Of course, always speak with your doctor if you have any other concerns.
Self-care is essential to getting through menopause. Make sure to do the little things for yourself that make you happy. Buy yourself flowers to enjoy, get a massage, take a walk in the forest, or take up a new hobby. Menopause won’t last forever, but your happiness will.