What To Do To Those Common Symptoms of Menopause
- Wear fabrics that breathe, such as cotton. Do not wear silk, polyester and other synthetics that tend to trap body heat.
- If you feel a hot flash coming on, drink a glass of cold water.
- If troubled by night sweats, keep a cold facecloth or ice pack by your bed.
- Instead of pantyhose, wear cotton pants or thigh high stockings.
- Decrease your intake of caffeine and alcohol.
- Avoid spicy foods and hot drinks.
- Avoid tobacco.
- Try eating and drinking more soy products.
- Some women claim that taking vitamin E daily helps.
Vaginal Dryness/Urinary Problems
(urinary tract infections, incontinence)
- Use a vaginal cream or lubricant (avoid petroleum jelly) to help reduce pain from dryness during sexual intercourse.
- Urinate before and after sexual intercourse to help prevent bladder infections.
- Drink plenty of fluids and empty your bladder frequently.
- Try Kegel exercises (tighten and relax the muscles you use to stop urination) daily. They strengthen the vaginal muscles, enhance orgasm, and help prevent incontinence.
(anxiety, irritability, depression)
- Communicate openly with your partner about your symptoms and ask for support.
- Join or even start a support group specific to menopause or other life changes you are experiencing.
- Find and share support with colleagues at work who are going through the same thing.
- Seek counseling.
- Medication such as tranquilizers and antidepressants may help.
- Identify which sources of stress you can eliminate from your life.
- Write things down.
- Use appointment books, calendars, post-it notes, alarm clocks and timers.
- Ask other people for reminders.
- Engage in an aerobic exercise at least three times per week for at least 30 minutes per session.
- Find ways to incorporate more exercise into your daily routine, such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator.
- Decrease your intake of fat and calories.