The symptoms of approaching menopause seem to come from around every corner sometimes. From hot flashes to trouble sleeping to urinary incontinence, it often seems to get worse before it gets better.
For some problems, there’s not a lot you can do to combat the symptoms. But for others, some simple changes to your life and intentional steps can help you. Here are some suggestions:
- Hot flashes: Avoid things that might trigger them, such as caffeine, alcohol, and spicy foods. Set up a small fan at home or in your workplace to keep you cool.
- Vaginal dryness: Try water-based lubricant, or an over-the-counter vaginal moisturizer such as Replens.
- Insomnia: Make it a point to stay physically active during the day (but not right before bed). Also avoid smoking, large meals and caffeine late in the day. Keep your bedroom dark and quiet, and go to bed and get up on a regular schedule every day.
- Mood swings: Try getting enough sleep and exercising regularly to feel your best. Learn new techniques to manage stress.
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