How to Deal with the Side Effects of Menopause

(Originally Posted on Jun 29, 2015)

When it comes to menopause, all women go through their own unique experience. While most women go through this in their late forties and early fifties, some will have to deal with it prematurely and others a little later in life. Your doctor at Palm Beach Obstetrics & Gynecology will be able to provide you with education and counseling to help you during this time because they understand the impact it can have on your body and emotions. Here are a few ways to deal with some of the side effects that can often occur when you are going through menopause. 

Hot flashes

When you suffer from hot flashes, it can be a good idea to keep a fan in your work area and home that is dedicated to giving you comfort. You should also dress in layers so you are able to add and remove clothes as your body temperature changes.

Pay attention to the food that you eat. You may find that every time you eat spicy foods or drink a caffeinated beverage, you trigger hot flashes. If you are carrying extra weight, you’ll want to ask your doctor what the best diet plan is for you to drop a few pounds, and this may help with hot flashes as well.

Shifts in mood

When you go through shifts in your mood, it can be difficult for you to control. The best methods to combat this is to keep your life as stress free as possible, and only take on the amount of tasks that is approachable and reasonable. You will want to be sure you are getting enough sleep and that you are exercising on a regular basis.

You’ll want to talk to your doctor so they can look for any signs of depression as well. Some women have found that support groups can help ease the mood swings and make it easier to cope with menopause.

Sleeping troubles

If you’re having problems sleeping, you’ll want to avoid caffeine in the afternoon and large dinners right before bed. It’s also a good idea to make the bedroom just for sleeping. If you often fall asleep with the television on, then try to read before bed instead and keep the TV off. Don’t nap throughout the day either, and go to bed at the same time every night.

Talk to your doctor

While some women may not feel much discomfort when it comes to their symptoms and find simple home remedies do the trick, others may be incredibly uncomfortable during this time. If you are having a difficult time during menopause or have any questions, the best thing you can do is talk to your doctor about how they can help. They will be able to guide you in the right direction to let you know if prescription medicines are right for you, or if there are remedies that will cater to your specific needs.

If you are in the Lake Worth, Palm Beach Gardens, and West Palm Beach area, and are going through menopause, you don’t have to do it alone. Call us today at 561-434-0111 and make an appointment. We’re here to help.

Dr. Marcela Lazo

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