I have menopause symptoms: what can I do about it?
The menopause is often accompanied by menopause symptoms. From hot flashes to osteoporosis, it is all possible. We list the most common symptoms for you and explain what you can do to minimise them.
Typical menopause complaints
Flushes are one of the most common menopause complaints. The duration and number of hot flushes during the day can vary greatly and is different for each woman. You suddenly experience a heat attack, which often makes your face, neck and chest turn red. This may be accompanied by sweating, palpitations, tingling, nausea and limb pain. (Flush Redux: 911 for hot flashes)
- Somber thoughts
Do you suddenly start crying? Then you shouldn't worry, as this is perfectly normal during the menopause. You may be experiencing feelings of loneliness, dejection and irritability due to your hormones.
- Take care of your skin
Not got a skincare routine yet? Then it's high time you did. The amount of oestrogen changes during the transition, which can make your skin drier and more slack. This can lead to the development of wrinkles. In addition, your skin becomes more vulnerable to external influences, such as airborne particles.
- Head Hair
In addition to skin, it is also important to take good care of your hair. Your hair is likely to become thin and limp if the blood flow to the small blood vessels is not stimulated. Massage the scalp to ensure good blood flow.
- Body hair
Women produce both female and male hormones. However, during menopause, women produce less female hormones but still produce the same amount of male hormones. This can lead to increased hair growth on the legs, upper lip or chin.
- Swings in weight
The metabolism in your body slows down as you get older. As a result, you can gain a few pounds and it may be worthwhile to pay extra attention to healthy and complete nutrition.
- Breast changes
The connective tissue becomes weaker and your breasts less firm, because your mammary gland and fat tissue change.
- Dry and irritated eyes
Your tear fluid levels will decrease because of the reduced estrogen and you may experience dry and irritated eyes.
- Vaginal complaints
The mucous membranes of the vagina and urethra may become dry, fragile and thinner due to the reduced amount of oestrogen in the body. Infections can develop more quickly and sex can be painful. In addition, the balance in the vagina does not recover as quickly, so you have to pay extra attention to your hygiene. (Fem Xtr for dry vagina during the menopause)
- Increased blood pressure
Women are less likely to have increased blood pressure than men, which is partly due to menstruation. Menstruation is a kind of arterial flow and that falls away during the menopause, so blood pressure can rise.
Menstruation symptoms such as hot flashes, sweating and gloomy thoughts can affect your sleep pattern. In addition, your need for sleep decreases as you get older.
about ¼ of women experience osteoporosis during the menopause. Your body makes bone tissue throughout your life and then breaks it down again, but after your 45th birthday you make no more bone tissue and the final breakdown begins. The menopause accelerates that process and therefore your bones become more brittle as you get older.
- More frequent urinary leakage
The bladder can sag because the pelvic floor muscles and supporting tissues weaken. Menopausal women may be more prone to cystitis as the mucous membranes of the urinary tract become thinner. The result? You can't hold your urine as long and you may experience leakage when you cough, sneeze or exercise.
Non-typical menopause complaints
Non-typical menopause complaints are symptoms women often experience during menopause, but which are not directly a result of hormone fluctuations.
Examples of non-typical menopause complaints are:
- heart palpitations
- weight gain
- joint pain
- mood swings