Tips For Managing Menopause Symptoms

Every woman experiences the physical and hormonal change that ends their menstruation. Like other hormonal shifts throughout a woman's life (pregnancy, menstruation, and puberty), the changes bring some bodily symptoms that can be uncomfortable or strange to some people. If you are experiencing menopause symptoms, here are some things you can do to help manage them. 

1. Continue exercising.

One of the common side effects of menopause is the loss of bone mass and weight gain. To help protect your body against too much weight gain and to help retain more bone strength, keep exercising during menopause. Exercise helps to reduce the amount of mineral loss of bones, and it helps to keep your metabolism steady. Gentle exercise can reduce increased joint pain or soreness that come as a result of these physiological changes. Exercise can also help to reduce or prevent hot flashes because your body can better regulate hormone levels if you are active. 

2. Stick to a consistent sleep schedule.

Sleep disturbances are another problem that women can face during menopause. You might have trouble sleeping at night, or you might experience wakefulness at strange hours, such as waking up very early in the morning. This symptom might not be entirely preventable for some people, but you can help to manage it by sticking to a very consistent sleep schedule. Go to bed at the same time each day and wake up at the same time each morning. Try not to use electronics at night before sleeping.

If your insomnia becomes so consistent it affects your daily functioning, your doctor can prescribe medications to help you get the rest you need. 

3. Make some simple dietary changes. 

Uncomfortable symptoms like mood swings and hot or cold flashes are caused by the rising and lowering levels of hormones during the menopause transitional period. Sometimes, eating more soy foods can help with symptoms because soy naturally raises the levels of some female hormones in the body. Other women can have success with taking a daily multi-vitamin intended for pre-menopause. These vitamins can sometimes have specific blends of herbs and increased calcium. Avoid alcohol, as this tends to make hot flashes worse. 

4. Consider hormone therapy.

If you experience very severe symptoms from menopause, including vaginal symptoms that make intercourse painful or symptoms that keep you from working or caring for your family, you might consider speaking with your doctor about hormone replacement therapy. Replacement helps to take your body off the roller coaster of change, but it must be done carefully so that you still effective complete menopause and move into the peaceful post-menopausal stage of life. 

For more information, contact your local gynecology examination professionals.