Hello, this is HotFlash Hanna!
Having been recently diagnosed as being post-menopausal, I was curios to know;
How the heck did I pass the PRE and PERI Menopausal states and find myself here in the post-menopausal world?
I was curios to know what info would be helpful to navigate this new stage of life. Being a fairly well educated female yet, confused about this area of life - I've decided to; research, address and provide others, like you, with my ongoing findings.
This is give and take! Feel free to include your own questions, comments and findings - so that we all can learn and explore this life transition in a positive way
Stages of Menopause:
* Premenopause. Some experts feel that this term should include the entire reproductive period up to the final menstrual cycle whereas others consider it to refer to women on the cusp of menopause. Their periods have just started to get irregular, but they do not yet experience any classic menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes or vaginal dryness. A woman in premenopause is usually in her mid-to-late 40s. If your doctor tells you that you're premenopausal, you might want to ask him or her how he or she is using this term.
* Perimenopause. This term refers to women who are in the thick of menopause. Their cycles may be erratic, and they may begin to experience hot flashes and vaginal dryness. On average, women are about 47 when they hit the perimenopause stage.
* Menopause. This refers to your final menstrual period. You will not be able to pinpoint your final period until you've been completely free from periods for one year. Then, you count back to the last period you charted, and that date is the date of your menopause. Note: After more than one year of no menstrual periods due to menopause, any vaginal bleeding is now considered abnormal.
* Postmenopausal. This term refers to the last third of most women's lives, ranging from women who have been free of menstrual periods for at least one year to women celebrating their 100th birthday and beyond. In other words, once you're past menopause, you'll be referred to as postmenopausal for the rest of your life.
What Are the Symptoms of Menopause?
For many women who enter menopause, their menstrual cycle becomes irregular and then stops, and they don't have any other symptoms. But, for others, the decreasing levels of estrogen associated with menopause may cause more distressing symptoms that include:
* Trouble sleeping
* Mood swings
* Hot flashes
* Racing heart (palpitations)
* Bone thinning (osteoporosis)
Hot Flashes:* Trouble sleeping
A hot flash is a brief feeling of heat that may make the face and neck flushed, cause temporary red blotches to appear on the chest, back, and arms. Sweating and chills may follow.* Trouble sleeping
Hot flashes vary in intensity and typically last between from a few seconds to several minutes. Dressing in light layers, using a fan, getting regular exercise, avoiding spicy foods and heat, and managing stress may help you deal with hot flashes. More on this topic below
Common Hot Flash Triggers to avoid:
* Spicy foods
* Tight clothing
* Cigarette smoke
Still experiencing them?
Practice deep breathing
Talk with your doctor
Keep your bedroom cool at night.
Wear clothes with natural fibers such as cotton or that have wicking
Chill pillows for your sleep comfort
Nighttime hot flashes can hamper sleep and cause night sweats. Try these sleep tips:
* Use a fan in your bedroom.
* Avoid flannel-type bedding.
* Choose light cotton nightclothes or materials that offer "wicking"
* Keep pets out of your bedroom; they can give off heat.
* Consult your doctor if menopause sleep problems persist.
Botanicals and herbs that may help relieve hot flashes
Talk with your Dr. before taking
CAUTION: SOME INTERFERE WITH Rx's
Evening primrose oil
Sex Problems: Vaginal Dryness&Libido:
With a reduction in your body's estrogen, this can lead to vaginal dryness, which may make intercourse uncomfortable or painful. Try using a water-soluble lubricant.
Libido may also change, for better or worse, but many factors besides menopause -- including stress, medications, depression, poor sleep, and relationship problems often affect sex drive.
Keep in mind, sexually transmitted diseases (STD's) don't end with menopause; "safer" sex still matters
Today, women over 50 are just hitting
Not yet 50, but in menopause? You
are not alone!
Positive thinking and attitude "The
best times of my life are yet to come.'" This is an example of how to
rewire those negative thoughts. Also, Learn to love yourself and treat yourself well! Buy yourself fresh flowers regularly. Get a massage.