Menopause may be one of the most taboo experiences we have as women and we personally don’t understand. Menopause is simply the stopping of menstruation and something that happens to every woman, typically in their late 40’s to early 50’s. There are some unpleasant symptoms that come with this, but that’s all the more reason we should have an open discussion about menopause, its symptoms and how you can deal with your symptoms healthfully. Every woman experiences it, so no woman should be made to feel alienated or alone in it.
Symptoms of menopause
Menopause symptoms include:
- Night sweats
- Hot flashes
- Vaginal dryness
Along with these symptoms, hormonal changes during this time can weaken the bones. However, they can also help shrink preexisting fibroids and for many women living with endometriosis can improve or relieve their symptoms.
Tackling Menopause Healthily
What can we do to help our symptoms? Though we will all face menopause, we don’t have to be defeated by the symptoms. Ensuring our diets consist of Vitamin D and Calcium (through leafy greens and dairy) can help keep our bones strong and help keep us in optimal health, which is necessary for easing our body’s natural processes. Eating a lot of protein with our meals can do this, too.
In fact, a lot of symptom solutions have to do with nutrition. Eating lots of fruits and veggies and avoiding foods excessively sugary or spicy along with caffeine and alcohol can drastically change our appearance of symptoms. And so can just eating. According to Healthline, irregular eating or skipping meals may make menopause symptoms worse. So it’s important for us to ensure we’re eating regularly as our body needs and eating the right foods when we do. Of course, regular exercise will help keep us healthy and minimize symptoms.
Not only are these things great in dealing with menopause, but also in preparing for it. It’s great to adopt a healthy balance and lifestyle before the onset of menopause, so when it does come, your body is prepared and so are you. Healthline put it best; “menopause is not an illness. It’s a natural part of life.” However, that doesn’t mean your feelings about the changes your body is going through aren’t valid. In fact, women who suffer from these symptoms can be more prone to depression and anxiety. That’s why we need to bring menopause and all of the unnecessary shame that comes with it to the table and start the conversations that matter. Because no one is alone. In fact, as women, we’re literally all in this together.