Whether women like it or not, menopause is one of many things they'll get to experience in life.
"Most people actually start experiencing
symptoms before menopause occurs. Common symptoms would be hot flashes,
night sweats, sometimes PMS symptoms get worse around menopause and
periods might become irregular as well," said Humility of Mary Health
Partners Nurse Practitioner Nicole Parish.
While the natural change doesn't require
treatment, Parish says a lifestyle change can make dealing with symptoms
a little more pleasant.
"A lot of women find that regular exercise
and a healthy diet does help them control a lot of the menopausal
symptoms. Many women do notice that there are certain triggers than make
symptoms worse. For instance, a really hot day would make those hot flashes worse. Sometimes spicy foods or fatty foods, alcohol or
cigarettes can trigger some of the menopausal symptoms," Parish said.
However, diet and regular exercise won't help
all women alleviate their symptoms. That's why Parish suggests
consulting with a doctor when symptoms start diminishing your quality of
"A lot of women have difficulty emotionally
dealing with the symptoms and also just dealing with mood swings that
can be involved with menopause. It is great to get a support network
where you can talk about these different symptoms with other women or
family members who have experienced the same thing so you can feel that
you are normal and not experiencing something different," Parish said....read more