Tackling Common Troublesome Symptoms Of Menopause

16 February 2022
 Categories: Health & Medical , Blog

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When your body enters menopause, you may be met with a range of feelings relating to this signal from your body that your reproductive years are coming to an end. Some women experience a sense of loss, while others feel relieved that menstruation has come to a permanent end. Your feelings relating to menopause are deeply personal, and your experience of menopause will also be unique to you. There are common symptoms associated with menopause, but the extent to which each woman experiences these symptoms cannot be predicted ahead of time. You may feel pretty much like your normal self for all or some of this stage in your life, or you may experience debilitating symptoms that put your self-confidence and mental health at risk. If you do find yourself suffering, there are lots of treatment options available for you to explore with your doctor. Read on to learn about some common troublesome symptoms of menopause and how you can tackle them.

Vaginal Dryness

Changes to your oestrogen levels can cause you to experience vaginal dryness, which can lead to loss of libido due to a decrease in enjoyment of intercourse. Vaginal lubricants can be beneficial, and your doctor can recommend lubricants that are particularly suited to menopausal women. Alternatively, you may wish to explore hormone therapy, which utilises synthetic oestrogen. Increasing your oestrogen levels can address vaginal dryness and restore your libido, and it can be prescribed as a vaginal pessary, tablet or intramuscular injection.

Weight Gain

Hormonal changes can cause your metabolism to slow and you may find you are suddenly gaining weight despite eating and exercising the same way you always have. Weight gain can impact your self-confidence and leave you at an increased risk of certain health conditions, such as high blood pressure, but it can often be managed by making lifestyle changes. Your doctor can discuss what a healthy weight range would be for someone of your height and help you keep track of your weight. They can also refer you to a dietician for individualised support. Some women find it beneficial to reduce intake of refined carbohydrates and increase strength training during menopause.

Low Mood

Low mood or depression can develop during menopause due to the impact of the changes you are experiencing and the impact of symptoms on your quality of life. There are a few options for tackling low mood, but establishing the cause needs to be the first step. Treating the symptoms that are having a severe impact on your quality of life can resolve low mood caused due to a decrease in your quality of life, while low mood or depression caused due by the biochemical changes happening in your body may require antidepressants or hormone therapy. Talking therapy, such as counselling, can benefit those with low moods who are struggling to come to terms with being in menopause.

Regardless of the struggles you are experiencing due to menopause, you don't have to suffer in silence. If you'd like to discuss your symptoms and learn more about the treatments on offer, schedule an appointment with your doctor.  

For more information, contact a menopause clinic near you.