Menopause is not a disease – though the way this natural process is portrayed, you might think otherwise. Menopause does not have to be a horrendous life altering change. Many women cruise through menopause with minimal symptoms, and many of the symptoms women do endure can often be controlled naturally.
The symptoms of menopause vary widely from woman to woman. They may not affect a woman at all, or they may hit like a rock, as women age, their estrogen levels drop, which triggers menopausal symptoms and also increases their risk of cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis. The most common symptoms are weight gain, vaginal changes (including dryness and loss of elasticity), sleep disturbances, emotional changes, and hot flashes.
Stop smoking. Your chances of developing heart disease and osteoporosis jump during menopause. Smoking makes those odds rise even higher. Smokers also have a 2 year earlier menopause on average than nonsmokers.
Go easy on alcohol. Too much alcohol is another problem for both your bone and heart health. And alcohol brings on hot flashes.
Increase your calcium. You can get a healthy dose of 1,000 milligrams a day of calcium from dairy products. 1,000 milligrams of supplemental calcium a day is fine.
Vitamin D. This nutrient is vital to good menopausal health.
Try lubricants. Another typical complaint of menopause is decreased sexual desire, sometimes caused by low estrogen induced physical changes in the vagina. If the lack of interest in sex is caused by physical discomfort, there are a number of over the counter lubricants you can try.