Sweating The Female Menopause Out
If you are in your mid-40’s or 50’s, you may be experiencing changes in your life that you cannot seem to put a name to. You find yourself lonely amidst the peace and quiet in your now empty home now that your kids are all grown up and living their own lives. You have lost the energy and vitality that once allowed you to do the things you want to do. Now you have lost interest in engaging in activities. You worry about why you feel so hot and sweaty at night and got you thinking that perhaps you are suffering a grave illness. Before entertaining any such crazy ideas, you must realize that you may be crossing the threshold of female menopause.
How To Cope With Female Menopause
Entering this phase in a woman’s life may pose a lot of challenges for you. You will need the understanding and support of loved ones and the people around you. The following are some tips that can hopefully take you by the hand as you enter the autumn of your life.
1. Consult your physician. Although we may already be doing it, you should not jump into any conclusions without having your doctor confirm your suppositions first. He can also prescribe you certain medications to help you address the hot flashes and, if necessary, for your mood swings. However, if you think you can handle these concerns yourself without the aid of medicines, try to do so. A good general physical examination will also help you get a picture of your overall health and detect any other health problems so that your doctor can help you address them, if there’s any.
2. Play it cool. Before turning to the female menopause magic pills, try to implement natural measures to address the hot flushes, such as wearing light clothes and bringing along mini fans. This is to avoid the additional cost and the possible side effects of medicines.
3. Move that body. One of the symptoms of female menopause is weight gain, so some exercise or physical activity could be of help in managing your weight. Engaging in physical activity can also help you combat two other problems linked to menopause: osteoporosis and depression. Exercise can strengthen your bones helping you to avoid a decrease in bone mass density. At the same time, it triggers the release of the feel good hormones – endorphins which can also lift your mood and keep you away from the need to take antidepressants. Consider taking walks, biking, and doing workouts that you think you can handle. Learning how to dance and other new activities will exercise not just your body, but also your mental and social muscle.
4. Take supplementation to keep bones strong and healthy. The hormonal changes that go along with menopause can undermine your bones. To ward off osteoporosis and bone fractures, take calcium supplement and vitamin D for better calcium absorption. The recommended dose of calcium for menopausal women is 1200 mg daily, while that for vitamin D is 400 to 600 IU.