Menopause. Hints and tips for the
changes you are experiencing.

Menopause. Hints and tips for the
changes you are experiencing.

Everything Changes

Women report that everything changes as they approach menopause.  From skin changes, memory lapses, loss of libido to sweating and hot flashes, the menopausal years are often challenging, confusing and for some can even be debilitating.  It is important to know that women dealing with menopause or experiencing menopausal symptoms do not need to suffer in silence. 
There are a variety of simple but very effective solutions to help you with many of the symptoms of menopause. The most important thing is to be able to recognize the wide variety of symptoms that are all caused by the onset of menopause.
These symptoms can include the following:

  • Hot flashes;
  • Loss of libido;
  • Skin changes;
  • Trouble with your memory;
  • Fatigue;
  • Urinary incontinence.

What You May Be Feeling

Hot Flashes & Flushes
Hot Flashes/Flushes are sudden, transient sensations of warmth to intense heat  that a woman feels all over her body. Hot flashes may also be associated with a chill.

Read more about hot flashes and learn what you can do to help with the symptoms.

Loss of Libido
Some women in their perimenopausal and menopausal years, complain of changes in sexual arousal and orgasm. This loss of libido is a normal symptom of menopause and up to 70% of women find that Zestra Essential Arousal Oils helps to improve overall sexual pleasure and satisfaction.  It is easily applied just moments before intimacy and is available without a prescription.

Skin Changes
Your skin, since it is your largest organ, is often the first to show signs of any changes to the body. Many skin changes occur during the onset of menopause due to the impact of hot flashes as well as skin dryness and lower vitamin D production.

Trouble With Memory
While many women report that they are more forgetful as menopause approaches, studies have shown that it’s not an issue of impaired memory, but rather a change in the way women who are dealing with menopause learn and record new information. While it may feel like you are forgetting things, the changes in your body are actually preventing you from storing that new information in the first place.

You’re tired all the time. Fatigue during menopause can actually be a by-product of some of the other symptoms that you are experiencing. Hot flashes and night sweats as well as anxiety or pain can make it harder to fall asleep, leading to a lack of energy during the day. Ways to combat this include exercising, especially early in the day; reducing or eliminating stimulants like caffeine and nicotine; and even taking a short “cat-nap” before dinnertime.

Urinary Incontinence
Unfortunately, another all-to-common symptom of menopause is urinary incontinence. In fact more than 40% of menopausal women suffer from incontinence (so you are certainly not alone). The main reason for this is that during menopause, your estrogen levels drop significantly. Estrogen helps keep the urethra as well as the lining of your bladder healthy, and it also helps stimulate the blood flow to your pelvic region. Reduced blood flow decreases the strength of your pelvic muscles. All of this combines to an increase in unwanted leakage of urine.

What You May Be Feeling
It is not surprising that menopausal syndrome is also accompanied with sexual health concerns and difficulties, including painful sex.  Some women complain of painful intercourse and significant vaginal dryness that could result in pain.  Vaginal dryness can be treated with over-the-counter vaginal moisturizers, which help hydrate the vaginal lining.  The moisturizers help with the elasticity of the vaginal lining.  Lubricants can also ease the problems of painful intercourse. For some, minimally absorbed local estrogen products like cream rings or tablets, may also be a choice which will help reinvigorate the vaginal lining.

You are not alone in experiencing symptoms before, during and after menopause.  All women have many safe solutions and options to manage the physical and emotional changes.

Speak with your health care professional today about options and solutions that may be available to you.

More information about hot flashes, as well as some suggestions for what you can do to help with the symptoms.