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Annoying Menopause Symptoms (& What to Do About Them)

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annoying menopause symptoms in a listWhat are some common menopause symptoms and what can I do about them?

Menopause. It brings with it a number of annoying symptoms that leave you itching, sweating, yawning, and grouchy. As if you don’t already have enough on your plate!

The annoying symptoms mess with your mind, body, and emotions. They can even put a damper on your love life. All and all, they can make you feel lousy.

So what are the most annoying menopause symptoms and what can you do about them? Knowing these answers can let you take charge of menopause so it can’t have so much control over you. Of course, the symptoms are the result of low or no estrogen, so hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can be the key.

Hot Flashes

From out of no where, your face turns beet red. Sweat begins pouring out of every gland, drenching your clothes and hair. Your skin is so hot you could fry eggs on your forehead, and your heart is pounding out of your chest.

Since stripping down in public will land you in trouble, here are some more plausible solutions. Make it a habit to wear layers so you can take off some of your clothes. Keep a fan close by so you can quickly cool yourself off during a hot flash. Also, keep cool water with you to drink or pour on your head, neck, or wrists.

Night Sweats

If hot flashes aren’t bad enough, night sweats can hit in the middle of the night! You wake up shivering with cold, clammy skin and a pounding heart. And you can’t just roll over and go back to sleep because your gown and sheets are drenched.

So what can you do? Keep your room cool, wear breathable nightclothes, and be sure not to pile on the covers.

Itchy, Dry Skin

Overnight, your skin starts to flake, leaving a trail of white on everything you touch. It's red and you have little bumps everywhere. When you look in the mirror, you see sagging and wrinkled skin. And to add insult to injury, you itch and itch and itch–even vaginally.

Hydrating by drinking lots of water and using lotion are also pluses for dry skin. You should also switch to gentle soaps and moisturizers. It’s also good to avoid alcohol, smoking, and hot showers.

Creepy, Crawly Skin.

Not only is your skin dry and itchy, it also feels like you have ants crawling all over you. Your arms and legs randomly tingle, you feel pins and needles in your extremities, and you have random tickling sensations. It’s enough to drive you crazy.

Since creepy, crawly skin is a nerve issue, try some deep breathing exercises, yoga, and stretching to help with circulation. Drinking milk, eating well, and consuming foods with estrogen may also help.

Urinary Incontinence

You laugh or sneeze and suddenly your panties are wet. Embarrassing and inconvenient–even if you are at home–but especially if you are at work or the mall.

You can wear a pad or Depends, but that’s not very sexy. Instead, for your incontinence issues you can do kegels discreetly just about anywhere, or you might benefit from pelvic floor therapy and avoiding caffeine and alcohol.

Body Odor

Hot flashes, night sweat, anxiety, and stress–they can all arrive with menopause. And they can cause excessive sweating. The end result? You can have extra body odor that adds to the annoyances of menopause. Urinary incontinence issues can also add to the problem.

To combat the odor, continue to practice good hygiene, choose pleasantly scented soaps, and switch to a stronger antiperspirant. You can also practice stress reduction techniques and breathing exercises to reduce stress and anxiety.

Irregular Heartbeat

Out of the blue, your heart starts pounding out of your chest or skips a few beats, making you freeze with concern. Unfortunately, low estrogen as well as stress, anxiety, and hot flashes can all play games with your heart, leaving you scared an alarmed. Thankfully, as long as there are no other symptoms, you are probably fine.

Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do to fix a menopausal irregular heartbeat. If you are active when it occurs, you can stop and do some deep breathing. Otherwise, try to be as healthy as you can be and let your doctor know if it occurs frequently or along with other symptoms.

Brain Fog

It's so aggravating to get to the grocery store and realize you forgot your shopping list. Again. Lately, it seems you can't find your keys, forget to pay the bills, and have trouble concentrating at work. Your brain stays in a fog.

You can help your brain cells come out of the fog by getting some sleep, eating well, managing stress, and exercising. Some supplements may also help, but talk to your doctor first.

Vaginal Dryness

A lack of estrogen can cause the vaginal walls to become dry and irritated. You can experiencing burning and itching, and the tissues can even crack and tear. Just sitting can become painful, so sexual intercourse and lots of other activities can become impossible.

For mild vaginal dryness, over-the-counter moisturizers and personal lubricants can help, as can using gentle and scentless products in that area. For moderate or severe cases, vaginal estrogen can be used to help the tissues heal and repair themselves.

What about HRT?

All the above symptoms are caused by a lack of estrogen, so HRT can be effective for treating them. As with any medication, however, there are some pros and cons. Women who have health conditions, such as gynecologic cancer or endometriosis, which are fueled by estrogen may not be able to use estrogen replacement therapy. Younger women in early or surgical menopause may find it more necessary to use HRT than someone 50 and older. Your overall health can make a difference in whether or not HRT is right for you.

If you are dealing with symptoms of menopause, keep a detailed symptom diary and then share it with your doctor. Together you can discuss the benefits and risks of HRT for you and your symptoms.

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.

03-08-2016 - 11:34 PM


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