by Justine Deputy, RN, BSN
Menopause. Something you often here in a negative connotation. Similar to other life experiences related to health and one’s body, information is the key to navigating unknown territory. Between your 40’s and 50’s, a woman’s body begins to experience hormonal changes leading to irregular periods. Once your period has ceased for one year, you are considered to have reached menopause (American College of Nurse-Midwives, 2010).
The American College of Nurse-Midwives (2010) explains the following symptoms experienced during menopause which can last a few years after periods stop:
- Hot Flashes – Warm feeling on your face or body
- Muscle and/or Joint Aches
- Memory Problems
- Vaginal Dryness
How to cope with menopause symptoms (American College of Nurse-Midwives, 2010):
- Exercise benefits your bones and also can help with hot flashes and insomnia.
- Have a healthy diet! Eat your fruits and veggies to control weight gain, get enough calcium and vitamin D for bone strength, and limit smoking and drinking for a healthy heart.
- Reduce stress by spending time with family and friends, doing yoga, meditating, or another method that works for you.
- Hormone therapy is an option for some women. To learn more about hormone therapy, click here.
Whatever you are experiencing and whatever questions you may have, do not hesitate to talk with you healthcare provider. Knowledge is power in changes in our bodies experienced throughout the lifespan.
“For me, the challenges of sleep disturbance, susceptibility to weight gain, and hot flashes are difficult to endure, but I try to embrace the transition into a new stage of life as a woman. And there are positives, no more periods!” ~ Monica Moxon, age 52
The Birth Center takes a holistic approach to the management of menopause. Our providers look at the whole self and work with you to manage symptoms in a way that works for you. Schedule an appointment today!
American College of Nurse-Midwives. (2010). Menopause: What’s it all about? Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health, 55(1), 83-84. doi:10.1016/j.jmwh.2009.11.001