Post menopause symptoms to tackle head-on and conquer to improve your quality of life in the future

Why on earth would you allow yourself to be miserable and struggling when you can tackle your post menopause symptoms head on and greatly improve your quality of life? Why indeed?

Menopause is a transition time in every woman’s life, it can’t be avoided, and you will go through it whether you go through it kicking and screaming (as many do), or you find a way not only to deal with it, but to thrive in spite of the discomfort!

Trust me, I’m not being glib about this or trying to make you feel bad – I’m in the throes of dealing with the symptoms too!

Post menopause symptoms

Post Menopause Symptoms – What are they?

While the symptoms of menopause may differ widely amongst women (as do PMS symptoms), some of the more common culprits are:

  • Hot flashes/flushes
  • Night sweats 
  • Mood swings
  • More frequent urination
  • Vaginal dryness (and discomfort during sex)
  • Thinning hair
  • Increase in anxiety
  • Sleep disturbances

Difference Between Peri-Menopause, Menopause and Post Menopause

What are the differences between peri-menopause, menopause and post menopause and how do you know which stage you’re in?

Peri-menopause

Peri-menopause usually starts in a woman’s 40’s but can even start in her 30’s. This is the period of time leading up to menopause and can last around 8 – 10 years. You may be fortunate and have barely noticed any syptoms as you will still be having monthly periods, however, behind the scenes, your ovaries will be producing less estrogen than before. Beware, you can still become pregnant at this time! 

You may also start experiencing the above symptoms of menopause. 

Menopause

Menopause occurs when your body has stopped releasing eggs and estrogen levels are minimal. Your period has stopped, or it is intermittent and may remind you of when you first started having periods – irregular and spotting. When you have not had a period for 12 months, you are officially said to be in menopause. 

Now is when your menopause symptoms will be in full swing! You may be prowling around the house at night, unable to sleep, with anxious thoughts and profuse sweating waking you up or keeping you awake. (It may seem like a good idea to lie naked on the floor to alleviate the discomfort!). You may be experiencing mood swings and depression to such an extent that your family becomes concerned. It may cause a change in your relationships because they may feel that you’ve become difficult to relate to, irritable and angry! 

Post Menopause

This is the period of time occuring after you have passed your one year mark without having a period. For some women, the hot flashes, night sweats, anxiety attacks and mood swings may lessen, but for others, they are still tormented by these symptoms. Due to the huge drop in estrogen, postmenopausal women are at increased risk for heart attacks and osteoporosis

On average, this period of time lasts around 4 to 5 years, but it can be shorter or longer. 

How to manage your post menopause symptoms to bring you some relief

The above descriptions sound far from appealing, don’t they? However, it is one of the transitions of life that we have to deal with, and we can either resist it and be miserable and angry all the time, or we can tackle it and not allow it to ruin the promise of the rest of our lives! The latter sounds more appealing to me, how about you?

Natural medication or HRT

For women who still experience frequent and ongoing nasty sypmptoms like hot flashes or night sweats, and it is making your life miserable, it may be wise to speak to your doctor or gynaecologist who can prescribe some natural, herbal treatment (light intervention), or heavier intervention such as HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy – replacing the female hormones that the body no longer makes). 

The jury is out on HRT, with some people in support and others not as clinical trials have shown risks which may (or may not) outweigh the benefits of using it. It is wise referring to your doctor and doing your research before undertaking any such treatment. There are plenty of medical-type websites available to answer all your questions if you are considering HRT as an option. 

Apart from medication, there are several lifestyle changes that will help you to control your post menopause symptoms, and which will in fact, improve your overall health which is a WIN:)

Lifestyle Changes

A lifestyle change is so often much easier to talk about than to do, isn’t it? It requires changing long-held beliefs and habits, and that is quite difficult for most people to do. A lack of motivation, support and resources means that your desired changes are often short-lived. Unfortunately. 

If you sincerely and wholeheartedly want to make lasting changes in your life, here are some steps you can take to increase your chances of long-lasting change

Exercise

I’ll bet you’ve heard this many times before! Exercise is the curer of all ills (is that even a word?). We’ve all heard of the benefits of exercise, but what can it do for your post menopause symptoms? 

  • Helps you lose that post menopause spare tire, the so-called “menopause belly” 
  • Improves your mood and emotions by releasing those “happy hormones” (endorphins)
  • Weight-bearing exercise builds your bone density (slows down/prevents osteoporosis)
  • Improves your mobility and flexibility
  • Builds and maintains muscle mass lost during menopause
  • Builds your strength and confidence
  • Keeps you out of the nursing home (old-age care facility) permanently or for longer
  • Staves off aging so that you can play with your grandchildren:)
  • Lowers your risk of mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and dementia
  • Lowers your risks of blood clots, heart disease and stroke
  • Helps you to feel more physically attractive

exercize in menopause

To experience significant benefits from exercise, you should concentrate on resistance (weight) training at least 3 times per week for a minimum of 30 minutes per session, and increase your weights or repetitions over time to ensure progression. Include some moderate cardio-vascular exercise (walking, treadmill, swimming, dancing, elliptical trainer) twice per week for around 30 minutes per session. 

Clearly, there are huge benefits to be gained from physical activity, far beyond merely helping you cope with post menopause symptoms! What if you have not exercised in years and don’t know what to do? There are so many options you can choose from. You can go to the gym if that appeals to you and invest in a few sessions with a trainer. 

If, like so many women, the gym does not appeal to you (too much equipment you don’t know how to use, too noisy, and too many svelte young people milling around), you can easily get a great workout at home with little equipment!

Also, if gym workouts do not appeal, look at other activities – take up a dance class, cycling or swimming if the climate allows, but remember that you should also do some resistence training for best results (building bone density and lean muscle mass). Find something you enjoy and do it on a regular basis – that is key!

Change in eating habits

Ouch, this is a tough one for many people! If you have eaten whatever you you’ve felt like over the years, no doubt that has contributed to your weigh gain (if you are carrying extra weight) even prior to the onset of menopause. Unhealthy food tastes so good, and it may be a challenge to change over to “clean” eating and fresh, healthy ingredients!

The word “diet” has such negative connotations of suffering and starvation, of eating tasteless, wilted spinach and piles of lettuce leaves! Aargh! Who wants to do that? And where do you even start? Forget a diet – you cannot “go on a diet” if you are looking to improve your health in the long term! This needs to be a LIFESTYLE CHANGE on an ongoing basis.

Some foods may aggravate your symptoms, like:

Processed foods – potato chips/crisps and cookies may be your go-to comfort snacks, but they will lead to bloating and water retention due to the high sodium and sugar content they contain. For a snack alternative to beat the bloat, rather go for baby carrots and hummus dip, or apple slices with peanut butter.

Caffeine – this one is a personal killer for me – I love coffee! Sadly however, coffee and caffeine-containing foodstuffs can worsen hot flashes, so if that is a major pain point to you, there is a decision to be made! Bah! TRy non-caffeine containing teas (herbal teas) and cut down on your coffee consumption. Tough one, I know!

Spicy foods – now you’re killing me! That is another of my favorite foods, but eating spicy foods may also trigger hot flashes! If you eat a lot of spicy food, restrict it to once or twice a week and give your taste buds a chance to taste other foods!

High fat meat products like bacon and lamb – these are said to lower your levels of serotonin (a feel-good hormone) and make you grumpy and irritable. To maintain your good humor, eat leaner cuts of meat such as fat-trimmed joints, chicken, turkey or lean minced meats. 

Fast foods and take-outs – clearly these do not have a place in any healthy eating plan due to the inevitable weight gain, but for post menopausal women who are at a greater risk for heart disease, this category is best kept to a minimum! Too much salt, sugar and unhealthy fat and grease. I know, I know…you may not feel like cooking, you may be in a rush or simply just enjoy the tast, but restrict your current consumption by half and see the difference it makes! 

Alcohol – this has a high sugar content and may also lead to hot flashes for some women. A daily drinking habit (2 – 5 drinks a day) increases your risks of breast cancer and heart disease significantly. The occasional drink or cocktail is okay.A light alternative is a White Wine Spritzer (white wine mixed with mineral or sparkling water) which is light in calories and refreshing! 

The bottom line? Restrict the above categories and include more fresh fruit and vegetables, lean protein like chicken and fish, limit you red meat consumption, and include the “good” fats such as olive oil, coconut oil, avocado, dark chocolate and whole eggs, to name a few. Some yummy stuff there!

Post menopause weight gain

Other changes that will benefit your post menopause symptoms

The main and obvious two lifestyle changes as above of physical exercise and eating habits are body-related and will help you look and feel physically better. 

Who knows that the mind-body connection is so important to our mental health and overall quality of life, throughout life? Especially around menopause and afterwards as we are more prone to depression at that time? 

Soul changes

Anything that has to do with your mind, will or emotions is benefitting your soul. That unique, one-of-a-kind, valuable human being that you are! Here are some things you can do in this area of your life to control and conquer your post menopause symptoms and live a happier life:)

Grow your brain – lifelong learning is a necessary part of human growth and development which stops us from slumping over and becoming depressed and stagnant. We’re not talking here of “heavy” academic learning like taking a college degree (although that is certainly a great goal done by many post menopausal women who go back to college!). You can learn anything new that takes your fancy that you’ve never had a chance to do:) It can be flower-arranging, learning to play the piano, learning a new language,learning a computer language, or even simple computer literacy – whatever floats your boat! 

You will get a great sense of satisfaction from acquiring a new skill which may motivate you to do more!

Take up a challenge – this will give you an amazing sense of purpose and satisfaction as you work towards your particular challenge! It can be anything you REALLY want to do, like a weight loss challenge to lose 40 pounds, or a goal to run 3 miles if you’ve never been a runner before. It can be to complete a public speaking course (a huge challenge for an introvert) and address the women’s group at church, or to go on a horseback safari when you’re wary of horses.

Literally anything is fair game, as long as it is challenging to you! It should not be instantly or easily achievable so that you need to put in effort and work and will then gain great satisfaction from achieving it. It could be a bucket list item involving challenge (I’d love to climb Mount Kilimanjaro!), but it must challenge you and give you some (serious) work to achieve it! What would YOU really love to do? What have you dreamed of achieving?

post menopause challenges

Go for counseling – this is a must if you feel stuck or depressed about life. There is no sense in dragging yourself around in misery when you still have so much to contribute to the world!

Connect with friends – women have a great need of supportive friendships throughout life. Especially now, in this time of transition, you need to get with those people who understand where you’re coming from and are rowing the same boat (menopause, post menopause) as you. Even if your husband/partner is your best friend, there is no way he can truly understand what you’re going through!

Helping others – this is great soul food, when you can give of yourself to others in need, and there are so many people in need in this world. Use your skills, talents and resources to make life better for the vulnerable. Doing so will not only help them, but will give you immense satisfaction as well. As human beings, we are relational beings and helping others is great soul food!

Spiritual changes

An often neglected part of us as human beings is the spiritual aspect. We are three-dimensional beings, consisting of body, soul and spirit. Your spirit is who you are at your very core, the part of you that connects with the Almighty. 

I once read something that resonated with me: “every (wo)man has a God-shaped vacuum inside of them that will never be filled without connecting to the Almighty”. I’ve seen so many people who seem to have it all – money, wealth, power, good looks and great success, yet they are desperately empty human beings, always searching, wanting more and never being satisfied! 

I find that sad. It’s a strong case for looking into yourself and checking out your spiritual connection. Perhaps the lack of a connection is the problem?

If you have a relationship with God, remember that He cares for every part of your life, including your struggles with menopause or post menopause symptoms! Unbelievable as that may seem! He knows every hair on our head (Luke 12:7), isn’t that amazing? 

In short, speak to God about your discomfort in this phase of your life. Ask Him to help you and show you how to conquer the issues you are experiencing! Then do that! 

If you have never pursued this part of your life, this may well be the missing link! You may be wondering about the purpose of life, or what  your purpose in life is, especially in this stage of your life. Those are questions we all ask, and have to answer for ourselves. 

You may feel that you are not a spiritual person. You may believe that you’re not a religious person (or have been put off religion for any number of reasons!). This is not about religion. It is about you connecting with the Creator of the Universe personally! It is the ONLY way for you to find your true inner peace, and your purpose. If you’ve done everything else in your power to do and you still feel empty, this is why. 

The Bottom line…

As a woman, when you get to a certain age, you will go through menopause and then come out on the other side. You can either kick and scream and fight it every step of the way (which serves no purpose as you will go through it anyway), or you can put a plan in action and tackle each aspect to ensure that you thrive during this phase of your life! You may be finding it the toughest stage of your life, but you can make it your best stage!

How about you? Have you found menopause and post menopause tough? What has worked for you? 

Depression in Menopause may be Your Ultimate Wake-Up Call to Shake up Your Life and Live Happily Ever After

Depression, as we all know, is a serious matter and can be life-threatening at it’s worst. This post is particularly geared towards women who have not experienced prior depression to any serious degree before, but are suddenly confronted with what seems like depression in menopause.

If you have a family history of depression, or have had a diagnosis of depression, and have been or are being treated for it, you need to use this post purely for insight! Some elements may still ring true for you, as you may find that the depression seems worse now in midlife.

Depression in menopause

Menopause and depression have common symptoms

If you’ve gone through menopause (or are still clutched in its greedy claws), you will be familiar with its many and varied symptoms. The hot flashes, night sweats, menopause belly, mood swings, disturbed sleep or insomnia, dry skin and hair, and dwindling interest in sex (to name but a few), are all too common and leave you feeling like you’ve lost the plot of your life!

On top of all that, you may have increased feelings of anxiety, you feel stressed out more often than not and are more irritable than usual.

Depression in menopause is often not easy to identify as the symptoms of depression and menopause are similar in many ways. These similar symptoms include sleep disturbances, irritability, lapse in concentration, fatigue, loss of confidence and feelings of anxiety. In this way, what you think are merely symptoms of menopause and something you just have to get through during this phase of your life, are actually symptoms of depression.

Research shows that women are in fact, often at increased risk of depression during midlife, and it is important to be able to tell the difference between depression and the “normal” symptoms of menopause.

Are you depressed, or is this “normal” menopause?

So, if the symptoms of menopause and depression are similar in many ways, how do you know if you are in fact depressed, or if you are experiencing symptoms of menopause which is not as serious?

Good question! There are however, some markers which would indicate that you are experiencing depression and not only symptoms of menopause.

Signs of midlife depression (or any depression, for that matter)

  • Low mood which is consistent and lasts daily for over two weeks
  • Feelings of inadequacy and worthlessness
  • Extreme fatigue and loss of energy where you find it difficult some days to get out of bed
  • Changes in your normal eating habits – mainly loss of appetite
  • Loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy
  • Disrupted sleep patterns which may include bad dreams or feelings of dread
  • Lack of purpose in life where you feel that there is no direction in your life
  • Either extreme irritability with those around you, or withdrawing from them
  • Feeling like all the good days of your life are over and there is nothing good left
  • Thoughts of suicide – feeling like it does not matter if you live or die
  • Others have noticed your personality changes and hopeless state of mind

If you recognize yourself here, get help!

While we may all experience a few of these symptoms from time to time, we’re talking about enduring many or most of these symptoms over a prolonged period of time, with an overwhelming feeling of hopelessness.

If you, or anyone you know, is experiencing several of the above symptoms, please, take action! No one should suffer like this! Arrange some counselling, either through a church (who often offer counselling services if you are strapped for cash), or through a licensed therapist who can help you navigate this challenge in your life.

At the very least, speak to a good and trusted friend or family member who can offer you support at this time. The worst thing you can do is to curl up into a little ball of hurt and not seek help!

You may need medication, at least for a while, and there is no shame in that. Other things which may help you to cope with depression is undertaking some life changes – start regular exercise, eat healthy, volunteer programs and look after your health.

Low self-esteem

Why do so many midlife women seem depressed? Does menopause cause depression?

There is no definite answer to this, but some research has indicated that women in midlife are at an increased risk of depression compared to women in other phases of life. A possible reason for this is a family history of depression, or prior personal episodes of depression. This is understandable as life transitions are always challenging to negotiate.

But what if you have never been depressed before, and there is no family history of depression? Where did this depression suddenly come from at this stage of your life?

Research suggests that the midlife phase of a woman’s life is one of the most challenging phases to be faced in her lifetime. The life stressors and role changes you will experience during midlife are significant, and the way that you negotiate this phase of your life willl have a profound impact on the quality of the rest of your life.

Life stressors in midlife women

Although every phase of life produces its own set of life stressors (life stressors are major life events which impact your life), the stressors in midlife women have significant impacts. You may experience these life stressors to varying degrees depending on your particular set of life circumstances during this life phase.

The onset of menopause

  • Significant physical changes impact this life event, the most noticeable being the loss of menstrual periods. While this may be a cause of celebration for many women, others may experience a sense of loss of no longer being able to bear children. They may feel in a sense that they have lost their femininity, or even that they have lost their sense of purpose (motherhood).
  • The various menopause symptoms also cause physical discomfort, much like younger women experiencing PMS (pre-menstrual syndrome) with cramps, moodiness and backache. The menopausal woman has different aches and pains with their declining estrogen levels, even though they no longer experience period pains. They now have hot flashes, night sweats, loss of bone mineral density which can lead to osteoporosis, foot problems, thinning hair and general aches and pains.
  • Of course, different women will experience different symptoms at different intensities, much like younger women experience PMS and childbirth at different levels of intensity!

The “Empty Nest”

After nurturing their children for many years, having them live at home and caring for them daily, it is often difficult when children grow up and leave home. you may experience sadness and loneliness, particularly if you have no life partner living with you, or if you are in a bad marriage which often becomes more apparent once the children leave home. You could well end up feeling like your life purpose is over.

The death of your parents

If your parents live to a ripe old age, you may well be going through your midlife phase when they pass on. Even though you are independent and have raised your own family and may not have even lived close to them, most people feel a significant loss when their parents pass on.

The death of your spouse

  • You may face the loss of your spouse when you are going through midlife, especially if there have been health issues present.  This is a devastating life change for anyone, even more so if you have spent most of your life with that person.
  • Depending on your financial situation, and if there were any life insurance policies, you may then also face some financial difficulties. It may even be necessary for you to get a job even if you have not worked in years. This could prove difficult, depending on your skills and age, and this adds to your stress.

Divorce in midlife

  • Many people may stay in an unhealthy marriage and never resolve their issues as they feel that they are “staying together for the children”. Some couples remain married for years, only to divorce in midlife after the children leave home.
  • Often, midlife divorce turns out to be a great source of regret in later life. The “midlife crisis” period may lead you to feel that you will be happier without your spouse, or there may be a midlife fling with another individual on either side. You may just feel that you’re not happy right now, and that you deserve to live out your remaining years in happiness, feeling like the grass will be greener on the other side, away from your spouse.
  • Regardless of whether you initiate the divorce or are opposed to it, the lifestyle changes you will experience are enormous and may lead to regret later. This will be the subject of a future post.

Divorce in midlife

Change in your work life/retirement

You will retire during this phase of your life, depending on where you live and your country’s laws and expectations. If you have been employed all your life, perhaps have a high-level job, or you have put your whole life into your work, having to retire may leave you feeling unfulfilled, useless and depressed. You may be at loose ends with yourself, wondering how to fill up your days, especially if you are not involved with other hobbies, interests, clubs or charity/church work.

Role changes for midlife women

From young, childbearing womanhood to mature (non-childbearing) womanhood

  • Your time to be a young, childbearing mommy has passed. You’ve been there, done that, and worn out the t-shirt! You may miss those days, or you may be glad they’re over. No more pregnancy, childbirth, sleepless nights (from babies and small children anyway), teething, nappies, school lunch making, mom’s taxi or childcare responsibilities.
  • Depending on your state of mind, you may enjoy your new role free of childcare responsibilities, although, once a mother, always a mother! You are still there, ready to support and guide, but you no longer have the day-to-day “heavy lifting” duties of motherhood.
  • Some women grieve the loss of their childbearing (fertile) years, fearing that they are no longer attractive, they’ve lost their femininity, and that the world is geared up to young, attractive women, and that there is no place for them. Feeling too much like this is more likely to lead you to depression.

 Mother to grandmother

  • You may become a grandmother in midlife, although many women become grandmothers much earlier than that. Although you will always be a mother, you are now a grandmother to your baby’s babies which is a different role for you.
  • You can support your children through their parenting years (to the extent that they will allow), but the final responsibility for their children rests with them! They should be experiencing the sleepless nights, teething and anxieties related to parenting children just as you did with them.

Carer for your aging and ailing parents

  • You may now find yourself taking decisions on behalf of your elderly parents and caring for them as they once did for you. The roles are now reversed, and you may need to assist them with their physical needs just as they did for you all those years ago.
  • It is hard to watch your strong caregiver parent sometimes reduced to frailty and dependency due to illness or old age. They may need you to do embarrassing tasks for them like they did for you as a young child. such as taking them to the toilet, changing diapers and feeding them. This can be a very stressful time for both of you.

Caring for an entire family to caring only for you and your husband, or even living alone

  • As your children grow up, they tend to spend less time at home with you, even if they are still officially living at home. They make plans with friends, come home late or even sleep out, and generally do their own thing. And then they move out.
  • And you are no longer doing the things that you were doing for years. As their independence has grown and their lives have changed, so has yours whether you felt ready for it or not…
  • No more large and noisy family dinners around the table, everyone talking and laughing, where you could not get a word in edge-ways. Now it’s quiet, only the two of you (or you may be alone), and this can feel quite lonely.

You can see that the life stressors and role changes that women face in midlife are significant, and can easily lead to feeling depressed and overwhelmed! You may also have the sense that “life has passed you by” and that all the good stuff is over.

Women in midlife clearly have more than enough to be depressed about, but you don’t have to stay in that space now that you realize that you are not crazy, and you are not alone! The things of old have passed away, you need to look forward and if you are unhappy with your life at the moment, do something about it if you can.

Let this be the “shake-up” you need to transform your life. Assess your life, do some things for yourself that you could not do whilst raising a family. Be careful of making decisions in haste though, as you don’t want to live with regret.

Look at the next blog post for some practical ways to shake up your life!

Have you experienced (increased) depression in menopause? Has it led to growth for you, or is it an ongoing struggle?

 

How Do You Get Osteoporosis and How To Thrive Despite It

Skeleton bones
Osteoporosis – brittle bones

Osteoporosis is a word that sounds quite scary, and you may remember hearing the word when you were much younger, usually in connection with little old ladies falling and breaking their hips (or what you thought of as old at the time!). How do you get Osteoporosis? To answer this, it is helpful to know what it is first.

What is Osteoporosis when it’s at home?

Simply put, Osteoporosis is the loss of bone mass without the replenishment of it. In young people, your body naturally builds new bone, but as we age, our bodies slow down the production of bone mass, and bone loss starts to occur. This loss of bone density leads to a condition called Osteoporosis which causes brittle bones and increased risks of fractures. Continue reading “How Do You Get Osteoporosis and How To Thrive Despite It”

The Midlife Crisis in Women: The Search for Meaning in Your Life

Midlife crisis. What exactly is it? And doesn’t it only happen to men? Men who start losing weight, dressing fancy and chasing younger women on their new Harley Davidson that the family budget can’t afford? Sadly, this is a misconception, and women can, and do, experience what is known as the “midlife crisis”. It is merely a transition from young adulthood to midlife.

It may or may not end up being an actual crisis (depending on the decisions you end up making and your ability or inability to cope with life), but it certainly leads to deep soul-searching for both men and women. The search for meaning in your life, when you compare where you are at midlife to where you expected to be.

Men experience a drop in testosterone which may lead to a calming down effect and a softening of emotions, but it may also cause them to fear aging, losing attractiveness to the opposite sex (hence the Harley), a fear of not having attained the goals they set for themselves, and a fear of illness and death. 

Continue reading “The Midlife Crisis in Women: The Search for Meaning in Your Life”

Heart Attack Symptoms For Women Over 50 – Risks of Menopause

If you’ve always thought of heart disease as being a disease suffered by elderly, beer-bellied, chain-smoking and stress imbued men, think again! These days, one of the demographic groups hardest hit by heart disease is that of menopausal women. As if you don’t already have enough to deal with at this time of life – what with the hot flashes, the hair loss, the depression and the night sweats…

Bye Bye Estrogen…Hello Heart Disease

It seems that with the loss of estrogen during menopause, the door is opened to factors which lead to increased heart disease. This is why younger women before menopause do not face the same risks of heart disease – they still have increased stores of estrogen. Estrogen then, in effect, is a protection against heart disease. Bummer for menopausal women:( Continue reading “Heart Attack Symptoms For Women Over 50 – Risks of Menopause”

Night Sweats and Menopause – Sleepless Nights

A very insidious effect experienced by up to 75% of women are night sweats after menopause. This sneaky effect causes sleepless nights, and if you’re like me, you become an insomniac, prowling the house at night, unable to get back to sleep once awake. You may toss and turn, trying in vain to sleep, eventually giving up in frustration, and perhaps like me, beginning a VERY early work day in my home study, or doing chores whilst trying not to wake the household…

 

The aggravating thing is if you know that you really need to sleep as you have a heavy day ahead of you, and you are VERY tired, and you just cannot sleep. I find this very frustrating.

Night sweats are the result of hormonal changes in your body during peri-menopause or menopause, and are experienced as an intense flood of heat which makes you uncomfortable and wakes you up. Once awake, you may be too uncomfortable to fall asleep, as you may have soggy night clothes or sheets. It may require you to actually change your pajamas and bedclothes. Continue reading “Night Sweats and Menopause – Sleepless Nights”

Losing Belly Fat For Women Over 50 – The Whys And Wherefores

One. Big. Word. HORMONES. Waning levels of the hormone Estrogen leads to a redistribution of body fat from the hips, thighs and buttocks to the abdomen during menopause. This means that even if you’ve (like me), never before in your life carried weight on your belly, you may well experience this now. Frustrating! Your flat tummy which was always your trademark, is no more…

This abdominal fat may be lodged deep inside your belly. This is bad news health-wise as it leads to inflammation in your body which is known to contribute to cancer, heart disease and diabetes. The good news is that this unwelcome visitor can be dealt with!

Plainly put, how to lose belly fat for women over 50 years old is a hormonal issue, and must be treated as such. We will need to employ a 3-pronged attack of diet, exercise and lifestyle changes to address it. Continue reading “Losing Belly Fat For Women Over 50 – The Whys And Wherefores”

What Helps With Hot Flashes?

 

Is the hot flash, or hot flush really a thing? Yes, it is really a thing. An  uncomfortable thing. It is something that menopausal women become familiar with and learn to cope with. Here is some information on what helps with hot flashes, and what it is.

 

What is a hot flash and what causes it?


A hot flash is a normal symptom of menopause which is believed to be caused by fluctuating hormones. It is due to the decline of the female hormone estrogen. It presents as a sudden onset of warmth flooding mainly the upper region of your body, so much as to make you uncomfortable. You may feel like dispensing with your clothing and stripping off completely! Please don’t, it is temporary (maximum about 5 minutes), although uncomfortable.

You may become very red in the face, and sweat profusely. Some women experience the symptoms more acutely than others.

Some women only experience a few episodes per year, whilst others may experience multiple episodes daily. Much like some women who experience morning sickness in pregnancy whilst others don’t. It all depends on your particular hormonal design. Either way, it is one of the more noticeable symptoms of menopause, and can make you feel quite uncomfortable…if you’ve ever, or still do experience this symptom, you will know exactly what I mean! Continue reading “What Helps With Hot Flashes?”