Menopause… it’s a word many women dread and don’t really like to use. But in reality, it’s not the transition itself that is bothersome and uncomfortable. Postmenopausal women would confess that they feel relief not having their lives dictated by their menstrual cycle. What’s worrying for women undergoing this change are the symptoms. The legendary night sweats and hot flashes can turn any woman’s life upside down.
First and foremost, do not panic. These symptoms are common, but the frequency and severity of which they appear vary depending on health, age, and lifestyle. There are many natural remedies and lifestyle adjustments available to make your transition into menopause smoother and more enjoyable. Here are some of the things that may come in handy in the wake of impending menopause.
Memory foam pillow: As levels of the hormone estrogen decline so does your body’s ability to control temperature. Hence the night sweats and the resulting sleep disturbances. If your good night’s rest has been lacking in quality, it’s time to go pillow shopping. A good pillow with a layer of flexible, air permeable memory foam will support your head and keep the temperature down.
Sunscreen: Menopause results in your skin becoming thinner, more sensitive, and more vulnerable to the sun’s damaging effects. If regular sun protection isn’t part of your skin care routine yet, it’s not too late. Look for a daily moisturizer offering protection from both UVA and UVB rays. Likewise, it should be unperfumed, hypoallergenic, and preferably non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t clog the pores.
Bamboo underwear: You may have seen clothes made of bamboo in stores. They are similar to cotton but softer to touch. If hot flashes and night sweats are regular occurrences, the bamboo fabric will keep you cool by effectively absorbing sweat. Bonus points: thanks to its anti-bacterial properties, bamboo fiber neutralizes odors and is easy to wash.
Cooling spray: You can buy one at the store or you can make one yourself. Just add a few drops of menthol and peppermint oil to water. It’s a handy item to keep in your bag in case of an out-of-the-blue hot flash attack. A cooling spray can effectively reduce the heat sensation and leave you feeling fresh.
Pomegranate juice: Marketed as a modern superfood, pomegranate is packed with all-important vitamin C as well as plant-based estrogen-like compounds (phytoestrogens). These phytoestrogens may be helpful in keeping your hormone levels in check.
These items won’t stretch your budget, but they can help you manage your symptoms. Menopause doesn’t have to be a living nightmare. Equipped with the right tools to keep you feeling cool, menopause will be a breeze.