Here is a guide for you to be better prepared for Menopause

You may be approaching menopause soon and the picture that has been painted for you is a bit extreme. Perhaps they have told you about hot endless hot flushes and the likes. We are here to inform you that the transition to menopause is less dramatic. than what your mom and other peers have told you. Take a moment to ask yourself what do you know about Menopause? In this article, you will learn about premenopause, perimenopause and their symptoms, as well as how lifestyle choices can make the transition into menopause smoother.

What do you know about Menopause?

What do you know about Menopause?

 

Let’s define Premenopause

Premenopause is when you have no symptoms of perimenopause or menopause.

You still have periods — whether they’re regular or irregular — and are considered to be in your reproductive years. Some hormonal changes may be occurring, but there are no noticeable changes in your body.

Have you heard about the process of Perimenopause?

Officially, menopause occurs when you haven’t had a period for 12 months. However, the process leading up to menopause is called Perimenopause which can take from a few months to decades. This process begins in the mid to late ’40s and can last for about four years. Medically, obgyn’s described the Perimenopause phase as a gradual process where the ovaries pump out less estrogen.

As your hormones fluctuate your menstrual cycle begins to change. This could then mean your periods may become farther apart or get closer together. In this season you may see your periods lighter in one month and heavier in the next. Over time, your periods will eventually stop.

Perimenopause symptoms

This phase in a woman’s growth is quite interesting because you have been here before (as a teenager). Some common symptoms are that your periods become irregular, you may experience extreme PMS, overly emotional and your breasts may become tender.

The closer you get to menopause you may experience symptoms such as insomnia, low libido and hot flashes for no particular reason.  Shifts in estrogen production trigger hot flashes. For people sensitive to those shifts, it can be like riding a roller coaster.

Maybe it’s not Menopause

Many symptoms imitate the signs of menopause but there might be other causes. In midlife, there are plenty of factors affecting women’s physical and mental health. Some of those can imitate the signs of menopause. For example, juggling work, kids and ageing parents can contribute to anxiety and depression. Weight gain, which is often blamed on menopause, has more to do with an ageing metabolism. Thyroid disorders can mimic menopause as well.

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Tip: Do not be afraid to open up about these matters. Some of these symptoms can get really uncomfortable, I mean you are no longer a teenager. Speak to your doctor if you happen to have medical insurance or the nurses at a local clinic they will be able to advise you in the best possible way.

Make some changes to your lifestyle to make the transition to Menopause easier

Consider these lifestyle choices that go a long way to keeping perimenopause symptoms in check:

  • Consume a balanced diet that includes a lot of calcium.
  • Build exercise into your routine.
  • Be open to new ways of managing stress.
  • Be mindful of what triggers your hot flashes e.g. spicey food or hot showers
  • Reduce the intake of alcohol and caffeine.
  • Get enough sleep at night

 

“I think women should start to embrace their age. What’s the alternative to getting older? You die. I can’t change the day I was born. But I can take care of my skin, my body, my mind, and try to live my life and be happy.” —Olivia Munn, actress