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Blog: Secrets to Surviving and Thriving Through Menopause

Blog: Secrets to Surviving and Thriving Through Menopause

SURVIVE – sur-vive [ser-vahyv] – verb:

  1. to get along or remain healthy, happy, and unaffected in spite of some occurrence
  2. to endure or live through (an affliction, adversity, misery, etc.)

THRIVE – thrive [thrahyv] – verb:

  1. to prosper; be fortunate or successful
  2. 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
  • Irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Sudden bouts of crying
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Loss of libido
  • Crashing fatigue
  • Incontinence
  • Breast tenderness
  • Depression
  • 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.

  1. 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)
  1. 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.

Action:

  • 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!
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