Every woman reaches a stage in her life when her periods become less regular and eventually disappear. This time of change is called menopause. The average woman reaches the menopause phase when she is around 49-51 years of age. Some women even experience menopause at younger ages due to hereditary and medical conditions like removal of ovaries, ovarian failure and cancer therapy.
Signs of setting menopause
The process of menopause is experienced by each woman differently.
The change in hormone levels causes a variety of symptoms. These symptoms may last from a few months to a few years. Some women may feel discomfortable, while others have little or no trouble at all.
Common symptoms experienced during the start of menopause include:
Unable to sleep
Mood Swings: With the onset of menopause, most women suffer from hormonal changes in their body. Women suffer from mood swings, anxiety, fatigue and increased irritability.
Relaxation and stress-relieving techniques like massage and meditation works like magic during this phase. One can follow a healthy lifestyle by making a change in diet and following a strict exercise regime. Some women engage in activities that make them feel happy like doing gardening or going for a vacation with their partner or family.
Urinary Incontinence: Many women experience involuntary loss of urine during the beginning ofthe menopause period. Urinary incontinence is a matter of great embarrassment for them.
Luckily, there are ways to prevent and stop urinary incontinence. The best way is to visit a doctor and take their advice.
Drink adequate water to have clear urine and avoid foods high in acids and caffeine content. Include more fruits and green vegetables inyour diet.
Night Sweats: Night sweats are a common occurrence during the menopause period. There are different strategies to stay cool while you sleep.
Wear light clothes while you sleep.
Drink a lot of water before you sleep.
Cool down with an electric fan
Keep frozen materials under the bed to make you feel cool
Sexual Discomfort: Many women may find a reluctance to engage in sex after menopause. This is because of the decrease in ovarian hormone production. Some may experience vaginal dryness or even pain while doing intercourse. To counteract these changes, you can visit a doctor and take advice. However, if you are lucky enough to have a good doctor to guide you through menopause period, then it is well and fine.
Besides,here are some tips to make you happy and healthy.
1. Vaginal dryness is caused during and after menopause. It can be treated with water soluble lubricants. These products decrease dryness and help to have an easy intercourse.
However a word of caution for you –avoid using oil lubricants, such as Vaseline and others.
This can result in irritation and itching.
2. Loss of libido after menopause is a common problem affecting millions of women on a daily basis. There are many medicines, which can help to increase sexual drive. Topical libido enhancers are appealing alternatives to oral medications. Topical creams like scream cream and others can be applied locally to the clitoris 15-30 minutes before sex for increased sensitivity and pleasure.
The elements present in the creams are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are proven to stimulate blood flow to the female genital organs and increase women’s sexual stimulation.
Unable To Sleep: Some women find it hard to get a good night’s sleep at the onset of menopause. They can face problems in falling asleep or waking up too early. Many women even experience hot flashes that interfere with sleep.
The common treatment for insomnia and hot flashes during menopause is hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
HRT can be of various types including pill, patch or vaginal cream.
However, if you are not a candidate for HRT, you can simply follow the tips:
Wear light clothing to sleep
Exercise regularly, but not before sleep
Keep bedroom well-ventilated and tidy
Avoid excessive tea and coffee
Talk to a doctor about medications that can help you to sleep
Life after menopause: Someone will tell you that it’s the downhill ride of life. But it is not absolutely true. There are several women who are enjoying their lives even when they are post-50.
And there’s no reason why the remaining will not be able to do that as well.