SURVIVE – sur-vive [ser-vahyv] – verb:
- to get along or remain healthy, happy, and unaffected in spite of some occurrence
- to endure or live through (an affliction, adversity, misery, etc.)
THRIVE – thrive [thrahyv] – verb:
- to prosper; be fortunate or successful
- to grow or develop vigorously; flourish
As women enter their 40s and 50s there are a number of changes going on within their bodies. Each woman will experience a different menopause, but becoming knowledgeable about the signs, symptoms, and treatment options is the first step to ensure you manage your menopause – rather than it managing you.
Your “survival kit” is knowledge paired with action.
Some symptoms that may be a part of your menopause:
- Hot flashes
- Rapid heartbeat
- Mood swings
- Sudden bouts of crying
- Trouble sleeping
- Loss of libido
- Crashing fatigue
- Breast tenderness
- Weight gain
- Hair loss – or thinning, and increased facial hair
The Phases of Menopause:
1.Perimenopause – This is the time leading up to menopause when your body begins producing less of hormones like estrogen and progesterone. As a result women begin to lose their ability to become pregnant. Symptoms may begin as early as 35, but often begin between 45 and 55.
- Menopause – Your period stops and perimenopause symptoms may increase. Menopause is defined as 12 consecutive months without a period (and there are no other causes)
- Post-menopause – Most of the menopausal changes have faded. Hot flashes may seem milder or less frequent; energy and emotional levels may seem to have stabilized. Bone loss and estrogen loss are areas of concern.
- Relieve the symptoms by keeping a journal to record changes and anticipate changes, watch for food triggers like spicy foods or heavier meals and dress in layers so you can easily cool down if a hot flash attacks
- Focus on your health and improve where you can – stop smoking, start exercising
- Some alternative therapies, such as acupuncture, may have results for some women
- Counseling or support groups are an option for women struggling with the changes in their bodies and the associated life-style changes
- Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can be discussed with your physician if more moderate changes in diet, exercise, and supplements do not offer the level of treatment desired
- Talk to your doctor!