Understanding menopause is the first essential step to tackling it’s symptoms head-on. Every woman experiences it differently however these symptoms are largely shared by women over 50 years old. Sleepless and sweaty nights, hot flashes, weight gain, vaginal dryness and mood changes can make you feel like you’re losing it. The good news is there are many ways to combat all of this and more starting with you and your Gynecologist.
Medically reviewed by Dr. John A. Whitfield, MD
Low Sex Drive
One of the most common menopause symptoms are hot flashes. If you’ve experienced a sudden feeling of warmth through your body, sweating and maybe even feel the chills simultaneously you may be having hot flashes.
You may also experience:
A flushed appearance, your skin may appear red and blotchy.
An increased heartbeat
Feelings of anxiety
You experience hot flashes because of your ever-changing hormones and this can cause all kinds of disruption in our lives. Hot flashes may lead to greater risk of heart disease and bone loss in women who have hot flashes regularly.
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In short: Estrogen is the hormone that helps to maintain the fluid that keeps your vagina healthy and lubricated. When estrogen levels drop so does moisture, thickness and elasticity.
There are a lot of ways your vagina may be affected by menopause such as:
Vaginal infections may increase
Dry, fragile skin
Pain during sex
Discomfort during urination
We suggest pevlic floor exercises such as Kegels to strengthen the vaginal muscle, vaginal lubricants such as topical estrogen and even hormone replacement therapy. Talk to your Gynecologist to see which hormone replacement option is best for you.
According to the Sleep Foundation 61% of post-menopausal women report having insomnia symptoms. Usually this happens in result of many different menopausal symptoms.
Here are some tips for a better nights sleep:
Wear loose, light clothing to bed (if any…)
Keep your bedroom cool and well ventilated.
Maintain a regulated schedule. Keep the same bedtime even on the weekends. This also helps our emotional well-being.
Exercise but not before bedtime.
Try using essential oils to promote relaxation.
Make sure you use the restroom right before you get into your cozy bed!
Keep a water bottle next to your bed.
Use bedding that is “breathable.”
If you’re having trouble sleeping you’re probably exhausted, but more than likely that’s not the only reason…
During menopause your body is changing, we’ve all heard it before, but it really is everything. When your body’s hormonal regulation is weakened it’s easy for stress to take over and it’s normal when that results in fatigue.
You may not want to get out of bed but at the very least you should make sure you have a good support system. Even just one person you can confide in and ask for help will make a huge difference in your life.
As for the body: make sure you’re eating well, prioritizing sleep, and checking in with your doctor.
You’re probably irritable or maybe you’re feeling depressed and anxious. Maybe you’re feeling everything under the sun in the span of one hour. Mood swings are a classic symptom of menopause and they’re only natural.
So how do we maintain a level head? You’ve probably gathered from our advice so far that the key to battling menopause symptoms is to maintain a healthy, mindful and active lifestyle.
My favorite way to (practically) master these things all in one go is by doing a light yoga session every morning and journaling before bed. Starting your morning off with a light breakfast packed with nutrients, positivity, confidence and flexibility. As always, finish out your self care with a visit to your Gynecologist if neccessary.
Low Sex Drive
Between 70% and 80% of menopausal women report issues with their sex lives.
Menopause can cause the vaginal lining and labia to thin which could cause painful intercourse. (See more about this in the Vaginal Dryness tab)
Stress can also aid in low sex drive. It’s important to keep friends and family close while taking care of yourself. Be open with yourself and your partner. Lastly develop a solid self care routine that involves talking to your doctor and maybe some topical estrogen treatment! 😉