Menopause is a natural part of growing older, but that doesn’t mean women should have to suffer through the uncomfortable symptoms of “transitioning.” In fact, just living a healthy lifestyle can help women manage or reduce symptoms.
- Choose Nutrition – Women going through menopause should make a special effort to eat well. A heart-healthy diet that is low in saturated fat can ensure you are getting adequate amounts of calcium and vitamin D to help your bones stay strong.
- Exercise Regularly – Regular exercise can help you manage your weight, keep your heart and bones strong, and release endorphins to lift your mood. If you’re having trouble getting active on your own you may want to consider finding a work-out buddy to keep you company on long walks or in the gym. First time exercisers can also find personal trainers to help them develop a gym routine. Breathing exercises and yoga may also help relieve discomfort.
- Cut Out Bad Habits – Smoking, caffeine, and alcohol can exacerbate and worsen symptoms of menopause. Quitting smoking can actually reduce a woman’s hot flashes and long-term health risks.
If lifestyle changes aren’t enough to relieve your symptoms, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor to discuss prescription medicines. Low-dose hormone replacement therapy (HRT) after menopause, antidepressants, and clonidine (a medication usually used to treat high blood pressure) are options available to you that may help you manage symptoms. Of course, you should talk to talk to your doctor about your possible health risks before you start a treatment for menopause symptoms.
If you or a loved one have questions about coping with menopause, including treatment options for menopause symptoms with hormone replacement therapy, you can register for a free seminar and hear the answers from the local health experts. Bon Secours for Women is holding a “What Women Put Up With” seminar for women to learn about the newest options available for treating this and other women’s health issues. The seminars are going to be held in Virginia Beach, Suffolk, and Newport News from May 15th-May 23rd. Visit our women’s events webpage to see a full list of speakers and topics and register for the event nearest to you!