At SouthLake OBGYN, we have found that the majority of women are not troubled by menopause and that symptoms associated with menopause tend to disappear over time. If you become physically uncomfortable, or are worried about by your menopause symptoms, it’s important to discuss them with us at your next visit, so be sure to ask.
There are many ways to help you through your menopause including medication and lifestyle adjustments. Remember, menopause is a natural occurrence in the life cycle of being a woman with the added benefit of the eventual cessation of menstruation. As women complete their menopause they often feel happier and better than ever when they experience relief from the discomfort of a monthly cycle – and you will, too!
Specific Symptoms and What You Can Do:
Your body, mind and spirit all play a role in reducing menopause symptoms. Here are some ideas that may help relieve some specific complaints:
Hot flashes – notice what activities or foods trigger a hot flash. Some foods, alcohol, caffeine, warm rooms or stress can all contribute. Use of fans in your home or work can help. And women who maintain a healthy diet and are not overweight report fewer symptoms. The weight loss program at SouthLake OBGYN can provide you with a customized program to fit your lifestyle.
Problems sleeping – talk to us about your sleeping history and how your sleep habits have changed. There are many things you can do to help you sleep better at night including exercising during the day, avoiding large meals in the evening and caffeine in the afternoon. Keep your bedroom dark and cool, and do not nap during the day.
Mood swings – some women tend to get sad or have the “blues” during menopause. Again, exercise can play a role in making your mood brighter, but be careful not to take on too much. Women often try to be all things to all people – now and again women need to slow down and focus on their own needs. A trip to the spa from time to time may help you relax and improve your mood.
Vaginal dryness – we can review your medical history and recommend ways to make intercourse comfortable again. It may be as simple as an over-the-counter lubricant or, if appropriate, menopausal hormone therapy (MHT).
The best stress reliever is a balanced life, with time for work, play, love and worship. Healthy meals with family, physical activities you enjoy, time with friends, and a fulfilling spiritual life can all contribute to a having feelings of wellbeing and joy.
Ask us about your specific needs and discuss menopausal hormone treatment (MHT) and other options to reduce your menopausal symptoms. Call today for an appointment. In the meantime, please visit Women’s Health to learn more.