For many women, menopause can be accompanied by some uncomfortable symptoms. Luckily, we’re a generation of women for whom menopause is no longer a taboo topic. Although these symptoms can take some getting used to, chances are they’re perfectly normal – and they’re easier to deal with than you might think. Here’s what you need to know:
Symptom: Hot Flashes
Hot flashes are perhaps the most common menopausal symptom. It’s believed that they occur because falling levels of oestrogen fool the hypothalamus (the region of the brain responsible for controlling body temperature) into thinking you’re too hot. This triggers the body’s cooling mechanisms such as flushing and sweating.
What to do: Stay hydrated and eat regularly to keep energy levels stable. Set aside time daily for both relaxing and exercising (a brisk 30-minute walk can do wonders!).
Symptom: Brain Fog and Forgetfulness
If you find yourself struggling with confusion or memory recall, you’re not alone. Brain fog can be caused by declining levels of oestrogen, which slow down the way your brain processes information – hence completely forgetting the name of someone you’ve known for years.
What to do: Quiet your mind with a couple of deep breaths. Often, forgotten information will come flooding back to you if you can reduce your anxiety level.
Symptom: Mood Swings
The hormones that naturally rise and fall during your menstrual cycle (progesterone and oestrogen) also trigger the release of a mood-regulating chemical called serotonin. As levels of these hormones fall, so do levels of serotonin, which is why you feel up one minute and down the next. Some women find that these hormonal fluctuations also affect bladder control, causing involuntary urinary leakage. An Always Discreet panty liner or pad locks away moisture and protects underwear and clothes while being super-comfortable to wear. Add to that the reassurance that they quickly absorb any occasional leakage caused by sneezing or coughing – while also neutralizing doors – and you’ve got one less thing to worry about.
What to do: Exercising in the fresh air can really help: Walking for at least 20 minutes every day will significantly reduce stress hormones.
How do you alleviate menopause symptoms? Share your words of wisdom in the comments section.