Managing Symptoms of Menopause
The following tips may be beneficial for these common symptoms of ]]>menopause]]> .
- Wear fabrics that breathe, such as cotton. Do not wear silk, polyester, and other synthetics that tend to trap body heat.
- If you feel a hot flash coming on, drink a glass of cold water.
- If troubled by night sweats, keep a cold facecloth or ice pack by your bed.
- Instead of pantyhose, wear cotton pants or thigh high stockings.
- Decrease your intake of caffeine and alcohol.
- Avoid spicy foods and hot drinks.
- Avoid tobacco.
- Try eating and drinking more soy products.
- Some women claim that taking ]]>vitamin E]]> daily helps. The herb ]]>black cohosh]]> is also widely used. ]]>Rhubarb extract]]> may be helpful. Talk to your doctor before taking any herbs or supplements.
Vaginal Dryness and Urinary Problems
- Use a vaginal cream or lubricant (avoid petroleum jelly) to help reduce pain from dryness during sexual intercourse.
- Urinate before and after sexual intercourse to help prevent bladder infections.
- To help prevent ]]>urinary tract infections]]> , drink plenty of fluids and empty your bladder frequently.
- Try ]]>Kegel exercises]]> daily. These exercises, which tighten and relax the muscles you use to stop urination, strengthen the vaginal muscles, enhance orgasm, and help prevent ]]>incontinence]]> .
- Communicate openly with your partner about your symptoms and ask for support.
- Join or even start a support group specific to menopause or other life changes you are experiencing.
- Find and share support with colleagues at work who are going through the same experience.
- Seek ]]>counseling]]> .
- Identify which sources of stress you can eliminate from your life.
- Engage in an ]]>aerobic exercise]]> at least three times per week for at least 30 minutes per session.
- Find ways to incorporate more exercise into your daily routine, such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator.
- Decrease your intake of fat and calories.
National Women's Health Resource Center
The North American Menopause Society
Women's Health Matters
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Last reviewed June 2009 by ]]>Ganson Purcell Jr., MD, FACOG, FACPE]]>
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