Menopause is a natural biological process associated with a decrease in ovarian estrogen production that marks the end of a woman’s reproductive years. The average age of menopause is around 51 years old, with 95% having their final menstrual period between the ages of 45 to 55 years. Menopause can contribute to a range of physical and emotional changes, some of which can be challenging to deal with.
CHANGES ASSOCIATED WITH MENOPAUSE:
- Hot flashes and night sweats: referring to the sudden feeling of heat in the face, neck, and chest often accompanied by sweating or palpitations
- Changes in skin and hair: some women may notice their skin and hair becoming dry and brittle
- Changes in libido: this is a natural part of the process due to the decline in estrogen
- Mood swings and depression: some women may experience irritability, anxiety, and depression during this time
- Difficulty sleeping and insomnia
- Increased risk of certain health issues: including osteoporosis, heart disease, and memory loss
TREATING POSTMENOPAUSAL SYMPTOMS:
- Dressing in layers to allow removal of clothing as needed
- Avoiding spicy foods, caffeine, and alcohol
- Trying relaxation techniques such as deep breathing or meditation
- Staying hydrated and using moisturizers to keep your skin soft and supple
- Hormone replacement therapy
While menopause can be challenging, it is also a time of transition and growth. It is important to stay up to date on your health screenings and make lifestyle changes like eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly to reduce your risk. It is an opportunity to focus on your health and well-being, and to embrace the changes that come with this new phase of life.