The onset of menopause can trigger a number of different symptoms, including: hot flashes, night sweats, loss of libido, and mood swings. Unfortunately, menopause is an unavoidable and natural part of life. Though menopause is inevitable, there are steps you can take to reduce the intensity and frequency of your symptoms. Learn more about how to manage menopause symptoms.
What Is Menopause?
Menopause is when a woman has been period-free for at least one year and, as a result, is no longer fertile. While many of the symptoms women experience tend to be associated with menopause, most of them begin during perimenopause, which occurs before menopause. While all women must go through menopause, perimenopause symptoms can easily be treated.
When Does it Begin?
Perimenopause can begin anywhere between three and ten years before menopause, sometimes occurring earlier or later depending on the woman. The average age for reaching menopause is around fifty-one. After a woman reaches menopause, she is then postmenopausal and usually no longer suffers from symptoms, though some women have reported suffering from hot flashes and night sweats into their 70's.
What Are the Symptoms and How Can They Be Reduced?
There are thirty-four symptoms of menopause, but not all are common and it is very uncommon for a woman to suffer from all thirty-four of them consecutively. Some of the most common include:
Hot flashes. Avoid triggers such as spicy food, alcohol, and coffee.
Night sweats. The sister of hot flashes, night sweats can be helped by keeping your room as cool as possible.
Weight gain. You need fewer calories as you age, so cut back on sugar, and keep an eye on how much fat you include in your diet.
Reduced libido. The day to day stresses of life coupled with menopause and vaginal dryness can contribute to having a reduced libido.
- Mood swings, anxiety, and depression. Inhale deep breaths to keep yourself calm, and ensure your blood sugar levels are balanced by eating regular meals.
The best way to treat these symptoms is through positive lifestyle adjustments. Eating a well-balanced and varied diet can help relieve some symptoms, especially if paired with regular exercise. Proper hydration is necessary for optimum health. For more stubborn symptoms, try herbal remedies and other alternative treatments before resorting to hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
Learn More about Menopause and How to Stop its Symptoms
Menopause is unavoidable, but its symptoms are not. To learn more, talk to your doctor about healthy life style choices and what you can do to prepare yourself for the transition. To continue reading about how to stop menopause or at least its symptoms, click on the link below.