It happened. Now get over it. The monthly blood flow won’t come back (why would you want them to, in the first place?), and it is decidedly the end of an era for you. Menopause has come. It’s done and over with. Rejoice! It only means you can’t give birth anymore, and you are aging. So what? To borrow a phrase from the young generation, “shake it off”!
Now that’s menopause has come and stay, the next thing to prepare for is the course of action you’re going to take for menopause treatment. The array of options out there will knock you down before you can say menopause, so let’s break it down for you.
The key to dealing with the process is acceptance. The earlier you accept that it’s happening, the earlier you’ll get out of the funk you are foolishly luring yourself into. Menopause is not the end of the world.
Symptom 1: Vaginal Dryness
Vaginal dryness is one of the earliest symptoms of menopause. When the body undergoes the transition, the vaginal wall becomes less and less lubricated. This is due to lesser amounts of estrogen released in the body.
Vaginal dryness means occasional itching and discomfort when having sex. Vaginal atrophy, the condition where the female organ becomes less elastic and starts to thin its walls can also take place.
To remedy vaginal dryness, moisturization is key. Opt for the water-based moisturizers to do this task. Don’t go overboard even with the best birth control pills. One crucial mistake in dealing with vaginal dryness is constantly re-moisturizing the area day-in, day-out. Stop! Don’t stress about it.
When you can, don’t go directly to those hormone replacement therapy clinics. Start from the very fundamental – the creams, and go up the ladder when needed.
Indulging in stress management methods is also recommendable. Remember that vaginal dryness can be prevented with proper care and the right nutrition. When all else fails, you can always accept it as it is.
Symptom 2: Thinning of Vaginal Walls
You may not see this directly, but you can most definitely feel it, especially during sex. There’s the notion that menopausal women can’t have sex or when menopause comes, it’s painful for women to engage in sexual intercourse.
This theory is wrong, very wrong. In fact, sex should be better during and after the menopause process. This can be achieved if and only if, proper preparation is observed. The key is to remember that the body does not produce estrogen as much as it has when you were young. Time to bring in the lubrication.
Though you can remedy the thinning of vaginal walls, it is also worth-noting that it is part of the process. You can also opt for hormone replacement therapy ring. Keep in mind that, even when you have thinner vaginal walls, it cannot hamper you from having great sex when you really want to.
Symptom 3: Hot Flashes
Hot flashes are the odd ball in menopause symptoms. No one really knows why they’re manifesting, though there are ways to prevent and alleviate them.
Hot flashes usually cause red face, back pains and a general feeling of discomfort. It’s one of the most documented menopause symptoms. However, prevention of hot flashes can be implemented through stress management processes. Yoga can help, too.