As most menopausal women know, hot flushes are one of the most annoying and uncomfortable symptoms of menopause and over 75% of women in menopause experience them. They can hit any time, even while you sleep, and can last from seconds to several minutes or up to an hour.
“You don’t stop laughing because you grow old,
you grow old because you stop laughing.”
For many women, menopause with its myriad of debilitating symptoms is not a laughing matter. But there’s a growing body of medical evidence to support comedian George Burns’s theory that laughter is the best “youth serum” there is.
When a woman goes through the menopause it’s an ideal time to make sure we are looking after our bodies in the best possible way. Menopause opens us up to so many potential health issues, it’s vital to stay in the best state of health possible.
Stress is the evil demon that robs us of our sleep and keeps us hanging on the edge of insanity. Stress is sadly often dismissed and ignored, or even just accepted as a normal part of life. However stress becomes dangerous to our health when it becomes constant.
A lot of women do not realise the role of stress in menopause; that relentless stress can actually make your menopausal symptoms even more intense.
Menopause is a time of transition marked by reduced levels of the hormone oestrogen, which can not only affect the body’s energy levels, but also bone and heart health. This phase of a woman’s life also brings with it some not pleasant symptoms like hot flushes, fatigue, weight gain, mood swings and dryness. However, adopting a healthy diet during this time can help reduce the effects of menopause.
Every woman will go through menopause at some point, but not everyone will have the same experience. Some women will suffer more than others and sometimes that can be at the extreme end of the spectrum. The question is, why does this happen? If you seem to be suffering more than your friends, you probably want to know if there is a reason, and if there is anything you can do to prevent it.
Menopause can be a frustrating and misunderstood time, not only for ourselves, but also for the people around us. Thankfully menopause is becoming less ‘taboo’ and much more openly discussed, but despite this, there are still some things our Mothers just never told us, and we certainly wished they had. Here are 5 things you probably didn’t know about Menopause.