Fight back with these tips to combat menopause symptoms
When menopausal symptoms are at their worst, you hardly feel like laughing. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try.
Dr. Jane Lau, a highly rated obstetrician and gynecologist at IU Health in Indianapolis, says despite physical and mental changes that can make you question your health (and your sanity) remember this: “Menopause isn’t a disease. It’s a natural transition to the next phase of your life,” she says.
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Hormonal therapy is the best option to treat multiple symptoms, including memory lapses and vaginal dryness, experts says. But exercise and lifestyle changes may help ease or alleviate some other unexpected symptoms like sleeplessness, hair loss and allergies, says Anne Marie Moore, a highly rated independent nurse practitioner who specializes in women’s health and menopause.
If change is a-coming, try these tips to transition to a more mature and reproductive-free you.
•Commit to getting at least eight hours of continuous sleep. Turn off all electronics at least a couple of hours before bedtime to help wind down your mind. Sleep in a cool room and wear water-wicking pajamas to keep sweat away from your body. Have your iron, vitamin D and thyroid levels checked.
Losing your hair?
•See a dermatologist. Wear a silk hair scarf under hats and to bed to prevent hair breakage that can occur when your hair rubs against things like wool and pillowcases. Avoid hair dyes and chemical straighteners that may affect the growth cycle of hair follicles. Increase protein in your diet. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, if you’re protein deficient, your body will ration what you have by shutting down hair growth.
Can’t remember things?
•Send yourself text or email reminders. Use special alarm chimes as an alert when you want to stop or begin certain activities. Schedule important tasks on an electronic calendar, and while you’re at it, set aside the time you need to get them done.
Suffering from new allergies?
•Avoid the problem to prevent a reaction. Try using a neti pot or saline nasal spray to alleviate allergies. Apply lotion after a shower or bath while your skin is still moist to help relieve itchiness.
Experiencing vaginal dryness?
•Don’t give up your sex life. Regular sexual stimulation helps genital blood flow. Eat a balanced diet and stay hydrated. Water and foods with omega-3 fatty acids help promote vaginal lubrication. Consult a doctor about vaginal hormone treatments to alleviate dryness and low libido.