The menopause is an uncertain time where your body will encounter various transformations. The symptoms that come with this change can be uncomfortable, and at times, unbearable. We’ve put together a helpful A-Z guide to inform you of the symptoms you may experience and bits of advice on how to manage the menopause as effectively as possible.
Remember, not all women will experience the same journey! Don’t be intimidated by this list; it’s highly unlikely you’ll be unlucky enough to experience them all!
A – Allergies
Many women will experience a heightened sensitivity to allergies that had previously only had subtle effects, or new allergies can even pop up out of nowhere!
B – Breast pain/tenderness
Breast tenderness is a common symptom experienced by women during the menopause; this is a result of hormonal fluctuation.
C –Concentration issues
Again, concentration issues will occur as a result of fluctuating hormones and can be a worrying and unsettling time for those suffering.
D – Difficulty sleeping
Waking up throughout the night, tossing and turning and insomnia has all been linked to the menopause. Try not to get worked up, as this will only make matters worse. Take deep breaths and keep trying.
E – Exercise regularly
Countless surveys have been conducted and concluded that the more exercise you do whilst experiencing menopausal symptoms, the lesser their effects.
F – Forgetfulness
Women might experience forgetfulness as part of their lack of concentration. This can be confusing and frustrating but making lists and reminder notes will help.
G – Gum problems
Women are at greater risk of dental issues because of hormonal imbalance, particularly changes in estrogen levels, so it is of paramount importance to keep on top of your dental health.
H – Hot flashes
A great way to manage hot flashes is with our menopause cooling spray which will provide immediate relief.
I – Irregular periods
The uncertainty of irregularity can be daunting, but be prepared at all times, and you’ll be able to manage those unexpected surprises.
J – Joint stiffness
Stretch gently to boost flexibility and ease painful joints, and alternative treatments like massage and acupuncture can also help.
K – Knowledge
Knowledge is power, so read up on symptoms and cures to give yourself the best possible chance of dealing with the transformation.
L – Loss of hair
Hair loss occurs as a result of lowered production of estrogen and progesterone and can happen during the time of menopause. Read up on hair loss prevention methods to minimize this side effect.
M –Mood swings
You’ll be lucky to escape this one. A balanced diet will certainly help manage changes in mood.
N – Night sweats
A horrible side effect that can cause fatigue as those suffering will struggle to fall back asleep. Keep cooling methods, such as our menopause spray, close to your bed to combat night sweats whenever they may strike.
O – Osteoporosis
Women can lose around 20% of their bone density following the menopause, making them vulnerable to osteoporosis and other fractures. Ensure diets are full of calcium and vitamin D to maintain healthy bones.
P – Palpitations
Any changes to the heartbeat are of vital importance, so always report this symptom to a doctor; however, it could be occurring because of hormonal imbalance.
Q – Questions?
If you have any questions or concerns about changes in your body during this time, don’t hesitate to ask a medical professional. There’s no such thing as a stupid question, and it will put your mind at rest.
R – Reduced sex drive
Losing intimacy with your partner can cause issues for relationships, so make sure you’re communicating with each other throughout, connecting through other means.
S – Symptoms
Yes, we know, there’s A LOT of symptoms, but stay positive! You’ve got this.
T – Tingling extremities
A burning sensation that feels like creepy crawlies invading the skin is often mentioned by menopausal women. That said, those who experience this in a targeted area should seek medical assistance.
U – Urinary incontinence
The lining of the urethra can become more sensitive, so drink plenty of water to flush out the unwanted bacteria. Cranberry and lemon juices can also help thanks to their mild antibiotic properties.
V – Vaginal dryness
During the menopause, changes to the vagina area are common. Appearance changes, pain and itches are all signs of vaginal dryness.
W – Weight gain
The hormonal and physical changes experienced during the menopause can often cause weight gain, so try and keep an eye on your portion sizes.
X – X’s: kisses!
The menopause is a tough time for all involved, so interact with others at all times to boost feelings of wellness and share experiences to let everyone know they are not alone.
Y – Yoga
Yoga has been proven to help manage menopausal symptoms and is good for mind, body, and soul.
Z – Zinc it up
Zinc will help you to maintain a healthy immune system when your body needs it most. Zinc can be found in foods such as shellfish, chickpeas, pumpkin seeds, nuts, whole grains, and cheese.
We hope this makes your menopause journey that tiny bit easier, and remember to check out our blog for more helpful advice.