We believe that women need to feel supported in the menopause stage! When your oestrogen levels start to decline, you may start to experience some unpleasant symptoms. This may include hot flushes, vaginal dryness, difficulty sleeping and low mood. For most people these changes occur around the age of 45-55.
Speak to your GP
If your symptoms are bothering you, or you are under the age of 45 when you start to have symptoms of the menopause, you should speak to your GP. There are medical treatments – Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) for example, that may significantly aid your symptoms by replacing the lost oestrogen.
Vaginal dryness can be an uncomfortable symptom causing pain during sex. There are vaginal oestrogen creams, lubricants and moisturisers that can all aid in vaginal dryness, allowing sex to continue to be comfortable.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
A significant symptom of the menopause can be low mood and anxiety – hormone imbalances can wreak havoc on your brain chemistry and make you feel low. At the Luna Hive, we have experts in CBT, who can help you to cope with symptoms and change your mindset. Mind Over Mood is a great self-help book if you want an introduction to CBT.
Diet and Exercise
There are a number of diet and lifestyle changes that are recommended when you are transitioning into the menopause. Eating foods containing phytoestrogens (plant oestrogens) and foods that are good for liver function will all aid your symptoms. Avoiding caffeine, alcohol and spicy foods can help, as can doing some moderate aerobic exercise – brisk walking for example.
Weight training is also useful in encouraging bone strength so it is worth trying to include aspects of this in your regular exercise to try and prevent the development of osteoporosis.
There are also a number of natural supplements and vitamins that might help – check out this article from Holland and Barratt for an idea of the main ones.
Acupuncture/reflexology and other complementary therapies
There have been studies that indicate there may be a positive effect from various complementary therapies such as acupuncture and reflexology when treating the symptoms, such as insomnia and hot flushes. They cannot stop the natural journey from progressing but may offer some relief.
We have a team of menopause experts, to support you as you move through the stages of the menopause.