Hot flashes, night sweats, loss in libido, mood swings, fatigue, disturbing memory lapse, weight gain and irritability are all very real symptoms of menopause.
Although I may add that even at 26-years-old I experience a few of these things and wish I could blame it on something real like menopause. Like the time when I gained 10 pounds, went from crying to shouting in a matter of a few mere seconds, and “forgot” to tell my husband that I maybe, kind of, sort of, went on a shopping spree. I think my examples are less related to menopause and related more to the very real symptoms of being a woman!
Although the symptoms above may sound scary, they seemed a little more manageable after I sat down with Dr. Gina Muscolino, a board-certified OB/GYN at Lakeview OB/GYN Clinic. She specializes in menopause and gave three tips that can help make the transition into menopause a little more exciting and a lot less difficult.
Menopause affects every woman around the world. Its impact varies both within and across all cultures. There is no universal menopause experience. But, for all women, menopause can mark an exciting new time of life.
Each woman views menopause and treatment in a different way. Some consider it a medical condition requiring treatment, while others view it as a natural transition that should be managed as such. Most women want more information but need to be sure they are obtaining accurate information about menopause and its variety of treatments.
Diversity in a woman’s social and cultural experiences can also affect her menopause experience and view of treatment options, as well as her overall health and well-being.
As women experience all of the changes of approaching menopause, each woman will need to identify her own way of dealing with midlife wellness. In fact, reaching menopause is an ideal time to begin or reinforce a healthy lifestyle.
Thoughts and Attitude
The transition to menopause can be a time of reflection and inspiration. Although transitions of any kind can be difficult, many women experience a sense of freedom and personal growth. Attitude and thoughts about this transition can have a tremendous impact on your experience of it. Have positive thoughts, appreciate things and enjoy your day!
Laughter brings us closer to people, moves us into more positive mindsets, can stimulate our immune system, enhance our learning and memory, and help us to better cope with the stressors in our life. Laughter is a great menopause help.
Make Time For Yourself
Exercise, eat right, and incorporate relaxation techniques into your day. This moves you out of the stress response that is harmful to your health. Relaxation techniques can reduce hot flashes, PMS, problems with sleep and pain.
When women make themselves a priority (even 15 minutes per day), dramatic changes can occur.
By combining positive thoughts, a healthy lifestyle, and relaxation techniques, many women are changing the menopause experience. Each woman is an expert on her own body, and she benefits most from being well informed. The primary message for a woman at this stage of her life is that she can enjoy her body for many years to come, if she makes informed and healthy choices.