When you ask women to name symptoms related to the menopause, they tend to mention three or four of them but it turns out there are 34 in total. From sleep disorders to vaginal dryness,these are just two of the symptoms Irish women face with menopause.
As the female body approaches the menopause, hormones begin to decrease in production. Because these hormones regulate various bodily functions, many women experience a myriad of unusual symptoms typically associated with ‘the change’.
According to recent survey carried out by Regelle almost 1/3 of those affected by embarrassing symptoms of the menopause such as vaginal dryness,don’t even seek help from their doctor. Here’s a rundown on the other symptoms that you should probably know about.
Hormonal changes can have all sorts of unexpected effects on the body and hair loss is one of them. Hair experts may recommend lifestyle changes but contact your doctor if you’re worried about it.
You might start gaining weight around your belly. The key is exercising consistently. Ten minutes of gentle yoga or a walk on the beach will work wonders.
3. Brittle nails
One of the causes of weak nails is dehydration or lack of moisture in the body. Water is key and a good shellac always works too – any excuse!
If you find you’re having trouble sleeping, try to avoid caffeine – found in coffee, tea and chocolate – besides keeping you awake, it may also trigger hot flashes.
5.Electric shock sensation
This one surprised us too! Relaxation techniques or a good massage can help relieve these strange sensations.
You may develop new allergies and allergic reactions. Learn the reasons behind your allergies and you’ll stand a better chance of overcoming them quickly.
Ask your doctor to check your iron levels and something as simple as an iron tonic can make all the difference and get you through these testing times.
8. Loss of libido
This can be one of the most difficult symptoms to manage, often because you might not understand how and why this is happening but it is extremely common and not unusual.
9. Vaginal dryness
One in Five Irish women say vaginal dryness affects their confidence, according to a recent survey from Kora Healthcare. This can result in being uncomfortable in the bedroom. There is nothing wrong with using a little aid to help you feel more comfortable between the sheets. Regelle is a vaginal moisturiser that comes in a discrete applicator giving immediate relief from vaginal dryness and discomfort. Vagina moisturisers have the benefit of lasting up to three days after application giving you long term relief.
10. Gum disorder
You can become more susceptible to gum disease following menopause. If you’re experiencing this, consult your dentist.
11. Mood Swings
The best place to start is to look at what and how you eat. This doesn’t mean you should go on a crash diet but rather get into a balanced routine of eating healthy.
A power nap is an essential tool to renew our mind and bodies. If your schedule allows; many women find it helpful to have a short 20 minutes nap during the day to reduce fatigue. Light exercise can also boost your energy.
Avoid refined carbs and sugars to keep your blood sugar levels stable and your Zen in tact.
14. Memory lapse
Writing everything down, a ‘to do’ list and keeping a diary can help you stay on track when your memory is lapsing.
Green vegetables with lots of substance, such as broccoli and asparagus can help. A lack of vitamins B9 (folic acid) and B12 can cause this dizziness.
Skip chewing gum and carbonated beverages: These can fill up your stomach with air, leaving you with a bloated abdomen and avoid smoking and alcohol if you can. Yoga employs a number of exercises as well as sitting positions and meditations that are great in eliminating gas and excess water that can lead to bloating.
You may not be able to control your bladder as you did before – pelvic floor exercises can help oryour pharmacist can recommend a suitable remedy.
18. Night sweats
Have a bottle of water by your bedside and try to avoid hot baths or showers within an hour of sleep.
19. Irregular heartbeat
Reducing your intake of caffeine can significantly reduce heart palpitations. Limiting consumption of stimulants, cigarettes, and alcohol can also remedy thia.
Diet can help relieve symptoms of menopausal depression. Food like avocado helps because it boosts the production of serotonin.
The hormonal changes that happen during menopause can also drive feelings of anxiety. Try going for a walk in the park or burning lavender oil to ease your mind.
22. Breast Pain
Breast soreness should improve once your periods stop and your body no longer produces oestrogen.
23. Head Aches
Aim to drink about three litres of water every day to prevent dehydration and cut down on hormonal headaches.
24. Joint Pain
Fill your fridge with leafy greens and beans to ease the pain and avoid high impact sport.
25. Digestive problems
Digestive problems can be alleviated by something as simple as drinking more water or eating a balanced, fibre-rich diet.
Weight bearing exercises (exercises that make your muscles work against gravity) are best for prevention of osteoporosis and should be done 3-4 X per week, for 30 minute
27. Tingling extremities
A good, balanced diet, hydration, and adequate sleep are basic lifestyle measures that can help.
28. Change in body odour
This is a totally normal occurrence during menopause so don’t fret – shower regularly and invest in a good deodorant to help you smell and feel better.
29. Difficulty concentrating
The main reason why this occurs is because of an oestrogen deficiency. However, not getting enough sleep or sleep disruptions can also contribute to memory problems and cause issues with concentration.
30. Hot flashes
These are one of the most common symptoms of menopause. Invest in a portable fan and cool yourself down throughout the day.
31. Itchy crawly skin
There are some daily habits that can protect your skin from itchiness, such as avoiding the sun for too long and using tea tree, avocado, or almond oil for cleansing.
32. Irregular periods
Irregular periods are one of the first symptoms of menopause. Periods usually become erratic before they stop altogether.
33. Panic Disorders
You should first make sure your diet is healthy and has all the essential nutrients. It’s also a good idea to make sure that you get proper exercise and a good night’s sleep
Regelle is a hormone-free vaginal moisturiser that gives immediate and lasting relief to vaginal dryness. Regelle works by coating the vaginal tissue and delivering continuous moisture, directly where it is needed. Regelle also improves the elasticity of the vaginal wall, encouraging the return of natural secretions, and restoring the natural PH of the vagina.
This handy water-based vaginal moisturiser is from Kora Healthcare, an Irish healthcare company and is available in Boots as well and all leading pharmacies and at www. regelle.ie.