Menopause is when a woman’s menstrual period stops permanently. There are a few health concerns regarding menopause that I want to inform you about.
My Top Concerns During Menopause:
1. Heart Disease
Many women think of heart disease as a man’s disease. But in reality, diseases of the heart and circulatory system are the number one killer of women in North America per the American Heart Association.
This is a skeletal disorder in which your bone strength is weakened, the bone becomes fragile and is at higher risk for fractures. Risk for this disorder increases after menopause.
Menopause is not directly associated as a cancer risk. There are some therapies used to treat menopause symptoms that are associated with an increased risk for certain types of cancer so you should be informed about the most common cancers that may affect you.
4. Urinary Incontinence
Embarrassing and unpredictable is the involuntary loss of urine. This is an unfortunate, unwelcome, and unwanted annoyance.
5. Night Sweats
Mainly more a nuisance than a health concern but it is important in keeping good hygiene and regularly changing your clothing and sheets after each episode is can be tiring.
How I Worked on Alleviating My Symptoms.
Try Kegel exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles and reduce incontinence episodes.
The advice I got early on from my OBGYN was, “at every stop light you come to, perform your Kegel exercise’s until the light is green.” This life-long strategy helped me to keep my muscles strengthened without medication or surgery. Remember to drink enough water and avoid foods or beverages with a high acid or caffeine content.
There are Many Ways to Treat or Prevent Your Symptoms.
Herbal remedies or over the counter pharmaceuticals will work but you need see which works best for your body and the symptoms you are having.
Night sweats are miserable
I recommend trying different strategies to stay cool while you sleep:
• Dress in light, cotton clothes.
• Cool down with an electric fan.
• Keep a frozen cold pack under your pillow and turn over the pillow often so that your head is always resting on a cool surface, or put a cold pack on your feet.
Mood Changes Are Confusing To Everyone
My main concerns were that my hormone fluctuations during menopause would create feelings of being out of control. I experienced increased irritability, anxiety, fatigue, and depression. I didn’t want my loved ones to have to endure these symptoms so I depended on relaxation and stress-reduction techniques. I learned about meditation, deep-breathing exercises and the benefits of massage. I maintain a lifestyle of health, which includes good nutrition and daily exercise which alleviates my symptoms.