Menopause Symptoms: 6 Ways To Deal With Changes In Your Body

The effects of menopause can have a big impact on a woman's well-being. As it indicates the end of childbearing years, women begin to feel physical discomfort.

Menopause commonly occurs due to age. In the U.S., 51 is the average age for women to experience natural menopause, according to the National Institute on Aging. 

In some cases, menopause can start earlier or later. It may begin before a woman turns 40 or as late as 60, according to WebMD. But experts warned that those women who smoke regularly have higher chances to go through menopause a few years earlier than nonsmokers.

The physical discomfort comes with the symptoms of menopause. Women may experience irregular periods, hot flashes, night sweats, sleep difficulties, vaginal dryness, weight gain, thinning hair and loss of breast fullness. Mood changes and irritability may also increase. 

But there are simple ways to cope with these changes. 

1. Yoga, tai chi and meditation 

These activities are known to relax the body. Menopause can cause sudden mood changes. Trying yoga, tai chi and meditation can help improve sleep, which could then boost the mood. 

2. More bed time with a partner

Hormone changes due to menopause can lead to loss of desire. To boost sex drive, try massage, foreplay, erotica and new-for-you sex routines. They could also boost well-being as sex is known for its health benefits, such as improved immune system and lower blood pressure.  

3. Monitor your headaches

As women start to experience menopause, migraines can get worse. During this period, women become sensitive to triggers of headaches. Keep a diary to monitor what causes migraines. 

Eat a bit more if hunger triggers it. Take naps if you commonly experience headaches when you lack sleep. 4. Avoid too much coloring products

As menopause hits, hair can thin or shed faster. Switch to coloring products with less harsh chemicals and reduce your exposure to the Sun as it may dry your hair. 

5. Monitor acne 

Yes, acne returns when you reach your 50s. It appears due to the effects of menopause. Keep your face moisturized or use a sunscreen, cleanser and other gentle face products. Consider those that are "oil free," "won't clog pores," "noncomedogenic" and "non-acnegenic." 

6. Look for something new to do

Mood swings and less focus on things happen in the time of menopause. Give yourself new challenges to stay mentally active. 

Try to learn something new, like a hobby or language. In some cases, women with hot flashes reported stress and trouble thinking. Finding activities that can lower your stress level will surely help.

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