The end of monthly blues, of PMS (pre-menstrual syndrome)? The end of fertility? The end of youthfulness? Women experience menopause in many different ways, both positive and negative. No matter what your take on menopause , there are concrete things you can do to work on your state of mind…
Managing Menopausal Symptoms
At some point in every woman's life, her hormone production drops below the level required to continue her periods. Some women welcome the end to monthly bleeding, bloating, and inconvenience. But others find that menopause:
affects their sex life
triggers mood swings
causes debilitating hot flashes
can take them down the road to bone and heart problems
There are different kinds of menopause. If you have breast cancer, it is important to understand which kind of menopause you may be experiencing:
natural menopause, a normal part of the aging process
medical or surgical menopause that is the result of chemotherapy or ovary removal
"cold turkey" menopause that is the result of being taken off menopausal hormone therapy after you were diagnosed with breast cancer
You can do many things to help ease your way through menopause. Lifestyle modifications (diet, exercise, smoking cessation, attitude) may be just as important and effective as medications in helping you feel better and live longer.
hot flashes, weight gain, vaginal dryness, mood swings, loss of energy, and skin and hair changes. Long-range issues include osteoporosis, heart and vascular disease, and how to live a full and reasonably happy life.
The treatment recommendations that follow include a range of suggestions covering lifestyle choices, complementary therapy, and conventional medicine. Most effective therapies have some side effects, but potential benefits should clearly outweigh them.
Start with the simplest, mildest remedy with the broadest benefit and the least number of side effects, then gradually move on to stronger forms or amounts of treatment. Careful exercise is an ideal example of therapeutic measures with minimal drawbacks: It strengthens your bones and heart, controls weight, lessens hot flashes, improves your sleep, boosts your energy, revs up your sex drive, and makes your skin glow—without side effects.
Careful exercise is an ideal example of therapeutic measures with minimal drawbacks: It strengthens your bones and heart, controls weight, lessens hot flashes, improves your sleep, boosts your energy, revs up your sex drive, and makes your skin glow—without side effects.