If you're going through early menopause — and before your mother— you may feel as if the natural order of life has been disrupted. You used to tease your mother about being “over the hill”, and now here you are, grappling with hot flashes, night sweats, fatigue, and joint pain as a result of your own fluctuating hormone levels. How can you cope with symptoms that even your mother hasn't experienced yet? Read on to find out.
What Causes Early Menopause?
Early menopause — or experiencing menopause before age 40 — can be caused by various biological, environmental, and lifestyle factors. Some research suggests that early menopause is genetic, but if you're going through menopause before your mother, that's probably not what caused your early menopause. More probable explanations include smoking, certain medications, and medical procedures (like a hysterectomy). Early menopause can also be caused by cancer treatments.
How to Cope with Early Menopause?
While menopause is never a transition a woman wants to make in her late 20s or 30s, it doesn't have to ruin your life. Here are some strategies for how to help you deal with early menopause:
Allow your mom to support you
Although you may be going through menopause before her, you can still turn to your mom for support. She'll want to do everything she can to help you through this difficult transition. Don't shy away from talking to her about your symptoms and the treatments you're considering. She may not have first-hand experience with menopause, but she probably has friends who do.
Treat yourself to something new
Just because you're going through menopause doesn't mean you should hide behind unflattering clothes. Take a risk and try a different style you've never considered before. Or buy some new pieces and breathe life back into your wardrobe. Going shopping with your mom or a close friend can give you a much-needed boost.
Hit the gym together
Maintaining a regular exercise regime is important to both your health and your mom's. Pick an activity you both enjoy — such as water aerobics, yoga, dancing, or walking. Exercise together will keep you both in good shape and give you some valuable bonding time.
Learning about early menopause is the first step to accepting the changes you will be undergoing. While menopause can be a trying transition, it doesn't have to get the best of you. Click on the link below for more information about early menopause.