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5 Basics for Managing Menopause

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What are some basics for managing menopause?What are some basics for managing menopause?

Whether you enter menopause naturally or surgically, it can cause a number of uncomfortable symptoms and health issues. In addition, even if you keep your ovaries they can go into shock for a time, causing you to experience temporary menopause symptoms.

Common menopause symptoms like hot flashes, insomnia, and brain fog can leave you feeling frustrated and exhausted. The decrease in estrogen can also have an effect on your bones, heart, skin, and more, creating some health risks to go along with the other annoying symptoms. Whether your symptoms are temporary or permanent, knowing how to manage them can help you feel better mentally, physically, and emotionally.

Below are 5 tips which can be helpful for managing temporary, natural, or surgical menopause. You and your doctor can work together to determine which tips are right for you so you can improve your quality of life and protect your overall health during this phase of life.

1. Consider hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can provide you with estrogen which can alleviate many common menopause symptoms as well as help minimize your risks for some menopause related health issues such as osteoporosis. It may take some trial and error to find the right hormone delivery system and balance for you, but once you do it can be well worth your time. If you are in natural or temporary menopause, you may be able to manage with a very low dose.

2. Consider HRT alternatives.

If HRT is not right for you, consider using alternative products to manage menopause symptoms and minimize risks for menopause related health issues. Foods like soy which have phytoestrogens might be helpful. There are a wide variety of herbs and supplements that some have found helpful. Non-HRT prescriptions like Effexor or Brisdelle might be options for you. Home remedies and over the counter remedies may work for you and some of your symptoms. You may also need to consider specific medications or alternatives to address possible health risks to your heart and bones if menopause will be permanent.

3. Know your symptoms.

There are a number of menopause symptoms and they can affect you from head to toe. Keeping a symptom diary can help you recognize your symptoms so you can work with your doctor to treat each of them. To beat hot flashes, you can avoid tobacco, alcohol, and spicy foods. To help with vaginal dryness, you can try vaginal estrogen, personal lubricants, or vaginal moisturizers. Exercise, a healthy diet, and avoiding stress can also help you manage symptoms such as depression, irritability, and mood swings.

4. Follow a healthy lifestyle.

A healthy lifestyle can help you overcome menopause. Try to maintain a healthy weight, eat a balanced diet, and exercise regularly. You should also limit alcohol, stop smoking, and avoid caffeine. Adequate calcium is important for bone health, and for your heart you need to monitor your cholesterol levels. It’s also important to manage your blood sugar levels.

5. Keep your doctor involved.

Though your surgeon may not be the best one to help you manage menopause, it is important to work with a medical professional to manage menopause. Your quality of life and overall health are at risk, and a knowledgeable physician can help you feel your best and stay healthy. If you do choose to use HRT or other prescription options you'll need a physician who will work with you for those prescriptions.

You can browse through the other HysterSisters Menopause and Hormone Articles to find more tips for and valuable information to help you during menopause.

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

02-19-2015 - 11:17 PM


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