Managing menopause symptoms, including those infamous hot flashes
During the months and years before and after menopause, there is a good chance that you will want some help with managing menopause symptoms like hot flashes. Every woman experiences the changes that occur differently, and the team at Women’s Health Texas has some advice to help you cope with the most common symptoms.
A guide to managing menopause symptoms like hot flashes and sleep issues
We are here to help you develop a plan for managing menopause symptoms. Our trained physicians and staff tailor advice to your issues. In the meantime, here is a guide to three of the most common problems you may encounter.
- Hot flashes
- Sleep problems
- Sexual issues
When you feel too hot to handle
Hot flashes are the most common menopause symptom, leaving you feeling overheated, flushed and sweaty. You can beat the heat with drinks of ice water. Keeping a fan nearby and dressing in layers so that you can shed some clothes can also help you stay cool. Some other recommendations that can help include trying mindfulness meditation and breathing. You may also want to keep a journal indicating when you got hot and what you were doing. This can help you identify possible triggers and avoid them.
When sleeping well is just a dream
Remember when you could sleep through the night? When we talk to patients about managing menopause symptoms, sleep problems are almost always on the list. Night sweats cause you to wake up hot and sweaty. Insomnia is another common issue. Here are a few tips to help you make it through the night.
- Try to avoid alcohol, large meals or smoking before you go to bed as well as caffeine after 12 p.m.
- We recommend that you exercise earlier in the day but continue to work out. Exercise may help you sleep better.
- It can also be wise to limit screen-time, including TV, computers, phones and other devices before bed.
Not tonight, dear…when sex is painful
As your estrogen and progesterone hormones change, you may experience vaginal changes that cause sex to be painful. Your vaginal walls and tissue get dry and thin, leading to burning, itching and pain that cause discomfort during sex. Over-the-counter or prescription vaginal lubricants and moisturizers can help with vaginal dryness, but you may need to consult our physicians for more answers.
Every woman experiences menopause differently. If you have questions about managing your symptoms, don’t hesitate to ask your Women’s Health Texas provider at your next ObGyn visit. We’re here to listen and can help you find solutions that will meet your unique needs.
No subject is off the table. Our compassionate, knowledgeable staff is always here to provide comfort, help and treatment, including hormone therapy if you need it. Contact us for an appointment.