Are You Making the Effects of Menopause Worse?

Menopause almost always comes with unpleasant effects, but there are times when we can actually make menopause worse with certain habits.
Are You Making the Effects of Menopause Worse?

Last update: 26 February, 2019

Let’s face it – menopause is a stage in life that generates a lot of fear among women. Men might not understand this because they can lead a full and active sexual life until the end of their days.

Instead you, as a woman, face certain limitations because you may experience some discomfort with your sex life starting around age 50.

With all the information about hormonal changes and the issues related to them, it would be strange not to be worried. You need to remember something, though: you can lead a more or less normal life after menopause. Sometimes you’re the one who’s making the effects of menopause worse.

Don’t get carried away by rumors that everything goes downhill during menopause. Today we’ll give you answers to keep you from make menopause worse than it needs to be.

Some factors that can make menopause worse include:

1. Self-medicating

And who could blame you? You start to feel hot flashes and it’s the most understandable thing in the world to listen to other people’s advice.

The American Menopause Society conducted a recent study on this phenomenon, noting that around 53% of the study participants said that they had tried everything.

A woman with a fan blowing in her face.

From vitamins and herbal supplements to acupuncture and massage – these were some of the options available to help with hot flashes, anxiety, pain, fatigue, and other menopause related symptoms that frequently cause problems. Most were natural or alternative treatments.

There’s a problem, however: it’s hard to know exactly what you’re taking. This is because such supplements usually aren’t regulated in the correct way.

There isn’t a risk if you only choose products that are 100% natural, but if you’re using any type of supplement there could be complications.

This doesn’t mean that supplements won’t help you control hot flashes. The problem is that these products could contain certain chemicals that you’ve never even heard of.

If you plan to try any kind of remedy, it’s a good idea that you always ensure that the ingredients are completely natural. For this, there’s nothing safer than buying your herbs directly at a market. They can be fresh or dried, and you can even plant your own in certain cases.

2. You’re not following the basic recommendations

How long did you sleep last night? How much water have you been drinking? What’s your stress level right now?

There’s nothing complicated about the general recommendations: eating vegetables, getting plenty of sleep, and having time to relax are just a few. Following these tips can dramatically reduce the severity of your symptoms.

If you’ve already reached the start of menopause, you should also begin to prepare yourself. Try to reach your ideal weight and stay in tune with your symptoms. When they appear, talk with your doctor and ask them what steps you should follow.

An older woman ready to exercise at the gym.

Some women feel embarrassed or think that their doctor will simply prescribe hormones. The truth is that there are many more options. You could choose to increase your intake of certain foods or get more sleep, for example.

Listen to what your specialist recommends. It’s never too late to start leading a more active life and have a healthier diet. If you haven’t been exercising much up to this point, start by taking a 30-40 minute walk somewhere near your house. Then you can step it up to a group dance class.

When it comes to your diet, there’s nothing like natural fruits and vegetables. Try the most basic products:

  • Plain yogurt
  • Seasonal vegetables (you can even harvest some yourself if you start a garden)
  • Seasonal fruit
  • Grains and whole grain foods (oats, amaranth, etc.)

3. Not looking for alternatives

Are you the kind of person who’s suspicious of treatments to reduce hot flashes from menopause? In that case, you should know that hormone therapy is the best tool for relieving the hot flashes associated with menopause.

It’s definitely worth having a talk with your doctor. They will evaluate you personally and explain how you can be more calm during this period.

The alternatives don’t end there, however. You can always look for second opinions if you think your doctor’s suggested treatment is too aggressive.

You can also try alternatives such as meditation or yoga, which both have proven to be very helpful in stabilizing the body.

4. You’ve given up on sex

You can make menopause worse by denying yourself your old sex life.

Where is it written that after menopause sex has to stop? Now that your children are older and living away from home, it’s time to revitalize that sexuality with your partner. There’s no one to limit you. It’s just the two of you.

It’s important to remember that having sex during menopause is possible and can be just as rewarding as before. Maybe even more so.

Now you don’t need to worry about unwanted pregnancies, and your communication with your partner is deep. Give yourselves a chance to experiment. Take a vacation and try new things. Let yourself be pampered. You’ll find that menopause doesn’t mean that you should stop enjoying things in any way. That’s just making menopause worse for you.

Visit this article: Is healthy menopause possible?

Menopause isn’t the end

In all seriousness, reaching the age of menopause doesn’t mean that your sex life is over. You could even be making menopause worse by making the wrong decisions or worrying too much.

Leave those preconceived notions behind you and consult a doctor so you can get a better sense of what you can do and how.

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