The Signs of Menopause Every Woman Needs to Know About
November 24, 2020
Going through menopause is something many of us will have to navigate as we get older, but how prepared are we for this natural cycle in a woman’s life?
Menopause has often been a taboo subject and very few of us actually get an intensive lesson on what it is and how it can affect us. However, there is no shame in getting older and closing this chapter, instead, let’s have a look at what comes with the menopausal package and how we can make minor adjustments, to accommodate these new symptoms.
WHEN YOU CAN EXPECT THE MENOPAUSE TO START?
The menopause marks the end of our monthly cycles and the beginning of a new cycle in our lives. We can usually expect this new cycle to begin between the ages of 45-55, however it can vary depending on genetic factors, with premature menopause impacting around 1 in 100 women.
You’ll probably start by noticing an irregularity to your periods, or inconsistent flow ranging from very light or very heavy. You may have a period one month and then not have another for 2-3 months, so make sure you’re always stocked up on sanitary products just in case.
If you think you may be in the early stages of menopause, it’s always a good idea to visit your GP just to check everything is progressing normally and seek advice on the next steps.
KNOWING YOUR MENOPAUSE SYMPTOMS
Knowing the main signs and symptoms of menopause can help you feel more prepared and ready to take on this new journey. It can be a tricky time for many and the more prepared you are the easier it will be to manage.
Some of the key symptoms of menopause to look out for are:
- Hot flushes
- Night sweats
- Vaginal dryness
- Insomnia and sleep disruption
- Low mood or fluctuating moods
- Reduction in sex drive
- Trouble remembering or concentrating
These are some of the most common signs of menopause, but remember everybody is different, so you may experience symptoms that are a little less common.
It’s also important to note that the beginning of menopausal symptoms does not mean that your periods will stop right away. Some people start to experience these symptoms years before their periods finally stop. You may also experience these long after your periods cease, which is why it’s so important to learn how to manage them.
MANAGING YOUR ROUTINE
Learning how to manage your menopause symptoms will help you live a lot more comfortably as you go through this period.
If you find that your symptoms are very severe and are causing you a lot of problems day to day, then it’s highly advised you visit your GP to get things checked out. Your GP may refer you to a menopause expert, or suggest therapies such as hormone replacement therapy or cognitive behavioural therapy.
A healthy and balanced diet has been proven to ease some of the more common symptoms of menopause, so changing up your diet and increasing your exercise regime is a great first step. Making time for self-care will also be a huge help, as it will allow you to manage stress, anxiety and low moods.
IMPROVING YOUR SELF CARE ROUTINE
Menopause can be a stressful time for anyone, so make sure you’re spending some time on your overall wellbeing. Don’t be too hard on yourself or your body during this time, as this is a big life change and it’s completely normal to need an adjustment period.Here are a few of our favourite ways to practice self-care during stressful times:
- Regular meditation - around 10 minutes a day is ideal
- Yoga or gentle stretching
- Our Potyque CBD oil
- Weekly self-care days - pamper yourself and give yourself time to switch off
- Digital detoxes
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