Menopause is the beginning of a new stage of life. It is associated with reduced functioning of the ovaries which results in lower levels of estrogen and other hormones. Menopause occurs, on average, at age 51. Menopause is clinically defined as the time when there has been no menstrual periods for 12 consecutive months and no other biological or physiological cause can be identified. While menstruation may no longer be an issue, there are other feminine health concerns that women face during menopause.
Some of the most common symptoms of menopause are hot flashes, vaginal dryness, increased anxiety or irritability, sleeplessness and other feminine issues. Here is some information about each and some tips for coping with menopausal symptoms:
More than two-thirds of women experience a flushing of the face and neck with the sensation of being hot, commonly called a “hot flash.” Simple lifestyle changes may help to alleviate hot flashes, including proper diet and exercise. This may include avoiding foods that many women report as hot flash triggers such as hot drinks, hot or spicy foods, alcohol; caffeine; cigarette smoking; and maintaining a healthy diet.
Vaginal dryness is one of the most common complaints for women going through menopause. While nearly every woman will experience vaginal dryness at some point in her life, it is most often associated with the normal decline or fluctuation of the female hormone estrogen that can be triggered by menopause.
Over-the-counter products such as Replens Long-Lasting Vaginal Moisturizer specifically target vaginal dryness to help women glide through menopause without losing a step. Replens helps replenish moisture for long-lasting results. Find out more about Replens at www.replens.com
Many women report irritability and mood swings during menopause, but there is little evidence to support a direct connection. However, sleeplessness and lower quality sleep due to night sweats may go a long way toward explaining the fatigue, irritability and moodiness often associated with menopause. If depression or mood swings continue, it is important to see a doctor as these conditions may be incorrectly attributed to menopause but actually relate to other health conditions such as thyroid disorders or side effects of medications.
Nearly all menopausal women report trouble sleeping at some point during the menopause transition. It can take the form of restlessness, having trouble falling asleep or waking several times throughout the night. Night sweats can also contribute to the problem.
Sleep disruptions during menopause can be managed similarly to sleeplessness during other times of life. Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine. Exercise daily, but not before bedtime. Create a sleep conducive environment that is quiet, cool, and dark. For occasional sleeplessness, over-the-counter sleep aids can help. In more severe cases, women should consult their doctor.
Hormonal changes that occur during menopause can also affect you pH. To maintain feminine pH, you can use RepHresh Vaginal Gel. RepHresh Vaginal Gel
is clinically shown to maintain healthy vaginal pH and eliminate feminine odor.
Yeast and Bacteria
Many women find that it is important to maintain a healthy balance of yeast and bacteria during menopausal years. One way to do this is with a feminine probiotic. Try RepHresh Pro-B
, which balances yeast and bacteria to maintain feminine health.*
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.