Posted Under: Women's Issues
Post menopausal women can continue to experience the effects of reduced estrogen long after menopause is “officially” over. While that is bad news for women who are going through “the change,” there are things that women can do to minimize the symptoms and take control of their bodies. In this article, we’ll look at some of the symptoms that women experience and give you some tips for continuing a normal life.
Bleeding during the post menopausal timeframe is one of the most worrisome problems, and should always be checked by your doctor, as it can be a symptom of another illness. However, don’t panic! It could simply be another physical reaction to fluctuations in your hormones. Hot flashes after menopause are not as common, as most women only have them for 2 months to 2 years. However some women do experience them for up to 10 years after their last period. Because symptoms such as dizziness, headaches, fatigue, insomnia, and palpitations are also associated with other illnesses, it’s important to get a check up with your doctor.
Facial hair growth is a result of a change in the levels of estrogen and testosterone. Women also have low levels of testosterone, albeit in smaller amounts than men. Another complaint that women may experience is vaginal dryness. With the significant drop in estrogen after menopause, the membranes of the vagina thin, lose elasticity and decrease their production of lubricating fluids. Sexual intercourse may be uncomfortable or even painful. Pain with intercourse may be largely a result of soreness of the vulva, the area right outside your vagina. Try avoiding harsh soaps or using a barrier cream like Eucerin or Bag Balm.
While it can feel like you’re at the mercy of your body, there are things you can do to minimize the impact of hormone fluctuations. Nutrition and exercise play a pivotal role in the health of women after menopause. It may mean being disciplined enough to make a significant change in your lifestyle, but you’ll feel the results of your efforts. You should also start taking a multivitamin that is rich in Vitamin D, magnesium and folic acid. Vitamin D will help your body to absorb vitamins and minerals, especially bone building calcium that is so important. If you are battling night sweats, then take a cool shower before bed, wear cotton clothing to absorb sweat and keep yourself comfortable and dress in layers so you can remove clothing as you get hot. It may sound funny, but standing in front of the freezer or refrigerator will make you feel better.
There are many things to love about being post menopausal. There is a light at the end of the tunnel of hot flashes and night sweats. Try to think of this time as an opportunity to make positive changes in your life. Take a class, become more physically active, learn to paint or play an instrument. There are so many good things about no longer having “the curse.” Work with your doctor to control your physical symptoms and depend on the support of your family and friends to cushion the emotional symptoms. You’ll find that this could be the time to make your life everything that you want it to be.