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Menopause - 8 Common Symptoms & Solutions

Posted on Jul 13, 2017 12:07:52 PM by healtheo360

Menopause - 8 Common Symptoms & Solutions: Menopause is a natural biological process in a woman’s life occurring 12 months after her last menstrual period. Menopause happens because the woman's ovaries stop producing the hormones estrogen and progesterone. Lower hormone levels may lead to uncomfortable symptoms. With the production of very low levels of hormones, the body’s response to certain situations may be different than what one is used to. Although it also ends fertility, you can stay healthy, vital and sexual. Here are some tips to help manage some of the most common menopause symptoms:

menopause - 8 common symptoms & solutions

 

Menopause - 8 Common Symptoms & Solutions: #1 HOT FLASHES 

Dress in layers, have a cold glass of water or go somewhere cooler. Try to pinpoint what triggers your hot flashes.

 

Menopause - 8 Common Symptoms & Solutions: #2 VAGINAL DISCOMFORT

Use over-the-counter, water-based vaginal lubricants or moisturizers. Staying sexually active also helps by increasing blood flow to the vagina.

 

Menopause - 8 Common Symptoms & Solutions: #3 SLEEPLESSNESS

Avoid caffeine, which can make it hard to get to sleep, and avoid drinking too much alcohol, which can interrupt sleep.

 

Menopause - 8 Common Symptoms & Solutions: #4 STRESS

Practice relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, paced breathing, guided imagery, massage and progressive muscle relaxation, which can help relieve menopausal symptoms.

 

Menopause - 8 Common Symptoms & Solutions: #5 URINARY INCONTINENCE

Strengthen your pelvic floor. Kegel exercises can improve some forms of urinary incontinence.

 

Menopause - 8 Common Symptoms & Solutions: #6 CARDIAC PROBLEMS

Don't smoke. Smoking increases your risk of heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, cancer and a range of other health problems. It may also increase hot flashes and bring on earlier menopause.

 

Menopause - 8 Common Symptoms & Solutions: #7 LOW LIBIDO

Exercise regularly. Get regular physical activity or exercise on most days to help protect against heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and other conditions associated with aging.

 

Menopause - 8 Common Symptoms & Solutions: #8 PHYSICAL CHANGES

Eat a balanced diet. Include a variety of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Limit saturated fats, oils and sugars.

 

 

 

    

Sources:

"Menopause." Mayo Clinic. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 07 Jan. 2015. Web. 01 May 2017.

"What You Need to Know About Menopause." Johns Hopkins Medicine Health Library. Johns Hopkins Health System, n.d. Web. 01 May 2017.

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