Menopause, while a natural transition in a woman's life, can trigger many different symptoms. While some women are fortunate enough not to experience symptoms, roughly 70% of women will experience symptoms at some point during menopause. But are some symptoms more common than others, and is there an approach to take which will mean you avoid suffering from them? Read on to have your questions answered.
What Are the Menopause Symptoms I Could Experience?
There are 34 menopause symptoms, but each woman will experience different symptoms depending on her own hormone levels. Each of the symptoms due to fluctuations of the three sex hormones: estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. During this transitional period, the ovaries begin to prepare for the cessation of their main functions, including the production of these hormones. Due to the fluctuation of the hormones, each symptom can be experienced in different severity, frequency, and duration. Most women will experience at least one of the six following:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Irregular periods
- Loss of libido
- Vaginal dryness
- Mood swings
Since the body is transitioning between having menstrual cycles and not having menstrual cycles, all women will experience irregular periods. However, not all women will experience the other common menopause symptoms.
Is There Anything I Can Do to Avoid Suffering with These Symptoms?
Since most menopause symptoms are due to hormone fluctuations, there are ways to manage symptoms while positively impacting your health. Follow the advice listed below, and you will be able to rebalance your hormones, making menopause more bearable:
- Eat a healthy and well-balanced diet
- Take vitamins B, C, D, and E
- Avoid excess consumption of caffeine and alcohol
- Exercise for at least half an hour daily
- Have time to yourself so you can de-stress (e,g.,yoga, meditation, etc.)
- Practice breathing techniques daily
- Sleep for seven to eight hours a night
- Stay hydrated
- Use herbal supplements if you still experience symptoms after changing your lifestyle habits
More Information on Menopause Symptoms
If you are experiencing menopause symptoms, then make these lifestyle changes before choosing any other treatment. Always talk to your doctor if you are concerned about your symptoms or if you want advice on more invasive treatment methods. To learn about the six most common symptoms of menopause, follow links below.
- BMJ Group. "Menopause: What is it?" Patient Leaflet. 2007.
- Hopkins, Virginia. Lee, John R. M.D. What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause. New York: Warner Books Inc., 1996.
- Love, Susan M.D. Menopause and Hormone Book. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2003.
- Martin, Raquel. The Estrogen Alternative. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press, 2000.