Menopause – that phase of life which every woman goes through, and in many ways dreads it too. Mostly because of the plethora of inconveniences it tags along. For most women, the symptoms of menopause begin developing about four years before their last period. See if you can spot any of these.
The Most Common Signs Of Menopause
Less frequent menstruation
Heavier or lighter periods than normally experienced
Vasomotor symptoms, including hot flashes, night sweats, and flushing
Difficulty in concentrating
Dry skin, mouth, and eyes
Urinary tract infections
Reduced muscle and bone mass
Hair thinning or hair loss
Increased hair growth on other parts of the body.
If the symptoms are affecting your quality of life, hormone therapy may be an effective treatment for women under the age of 60.
Home Remedies And Lifestyle Changes
There are several ways to reduce minor-to-moderate menopause symptoms naturally, using home remedies like –
Keeping cool and staying comfortable
Loose clothes, layered clothing can help manage the hot flashes. Hence, keep your bedroom cool at night and avoid heavy blankets to reduce any chance of night sweats.
Exercising and managing your weight
Reducing your daily calorie intake and regular exercise helps in managing weight. Thereby, increasing energy, giving a better night’s sleep and promoting one’s general well-being.
Communicating your needs
Talking to a therapist or family member about any feelings of depression, sadness, anxiety, insomnia, etc. may help.
Have a nutrient-rich diet
Calcium, vitamin-D and magnesium help to reduce any risk for osteoporosis and improve energy levels and sleep. So, introduce them in your daily diet.
Practice relaxation techniques
Relaxation and breathing techniques such as yoga, box breathing and meditation will really help you relax.
Stop smoking and drinking alcohol
Stop inhaling smoke by direct smoking or by being a passive smoker, since, smoke and excessive alcohol may worsen your symptoms.
Natural supplements and nutrients like soy, vitamin E, isoflavone, melatonin, and flaxseed may help limit menopause symptoms.
Just like puberty, menopause also changes a woman, both physically and emotionally. These tips will surely help you to go through this transitional phase.