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Menopause Symptoms: Things to Avoid

When your hormones are fluctuating, they can cause many different symptoms, including hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, and mood swings. All of these are caused by the natural hormonal imbalance that occurs during menopause, and they can negatively impact your life if left untreated. Read more to find out what triggers you should avoid in order to manage your menopause symptoms.

Menopause Symptoms: Things to Avoid

Overexercise

Try avoiding overly vigorous exercise. That is not to say give up exercising all together, but instead try low-impact sports such as swimming or walking. By participating in these activities, you will keep your body's core temperature down, while still getting the benefits of exercise. 

Alcohol

Alcohol raises the body's temperature and effects your body's hormone production adversely, causing hot flashes, night sweats, headaches among other symptoms. Try opting for other beverages like fruit smoothies or cool iced teas.

Caffeine

If you suffer from night sweats, then you should try to avoid caffeine. Not only is caffeine a culprit in upsetting hormonal balance, but it can also keep you awake at night. If you don't want to give up your daily coffee, only consume it in the morning so that it is out of your system by the time you go to sleep. However, it may still have an impact in your body and cause a headache.

Hot Baths

Also, as lovely and relaxing as they are, you should try to avoid hot baths or showers before going to sleep. Hot water will raise your body's temperature right before you sleep and can trigger night sweats episodes. Also, hot baths may affect your skin and causes dry or itchy issues.

Stress

If you are experiencing mood swings, you should definitely avoid stressful situations. These can trigger mood swings due to hormonal imbalance. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to help you handle stress.  Being able to solve small problems will give you confidence to tackle the big ones, taking a few deep breaths makes you breathe slower and helps your muscles relax, doing something you want to do, listening to music, reading a good book or going to a movie can help you handle stress.  

Synthetic Underwear

Make sure that you wear breathable clothing that will keep you comfortable and allow air to flow. Also, use a water-based lubricant, it can help make sex more comfortable and keep needed moisture in your vagina. However, vaginal products like creams generally are a better choice.

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Home Remedies for Menopause

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