I often talk about my own menopause journey, but for those of you that don't know I had many years of gynaecology problems which culminated in a hysterectomy when I was just 39.
I was willing to accept the fact that it had to happen, but I wasn't prepared for were the symptoms that would come with it. Now don't get me wrong I'm not naive; I knew it was coming, but I didn't really understand what it all meant or how hard it would hit me.
My consultant warned me about the hot flushes, but that was it really, nothing else was really discussed and it's not like you get sent home with a manual or a handbook. The information online was limited and a lot of literature was outdated or all doom and gloom, so that put me off reading it too.
I've spent many years since researching the symptoms, and using my knowledge as a Nutritional Therapist has been a huge help in managing the symptoms on my own, by adapting my diet and lifestyle, or researching alternative options. I suppose that's why I'm so passionate about helping other women so that they don't have to go through what I went through.
I want to share with you some of my latest ideas which can help you through the menopause. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but a great place to start:
Keep a diary of your symptoms, that way when you go to the GP to discuss this you can talk about factual dates and incidents to build a picture of what you are going through.
Stay hydrated as hot flushes and night sweats can dehydrate you, so it's important to keep drinking water or herbal tea. Plus, some symptoms can be made worse if you are dehydrated.
Consider HRT, it's not for everyone but do what is right for you and your body. Don't let anyone bully you into feeling bad for taking it or not taking it.
Try alternative supplements for your symptoms. There are plenty of remedies on the market and I know lots of ladies that manage their symptoms this way. For example; magnesium for insomnia and night sweats, flax seed for hot flushes and Omega 7 for dryness.
Exercise more and eat less; I know this is an obvious one, but metabolism slows down as we get older, so by watching what you eat and building more muscle tone you can help keep your weight stabilised and avoid other health concerns such as Type 2 Diabetes.
Get enough sleep. Insomnia is a concern of many women in menopause, so having good bedtime habits can aid a peaceful night.
Talk about what is going on for you. There is nothing to be ashamed of, it's completely natural and the openly you talk about the more understanding people will be. If you are struggling at work speak to your HR department to see what support is available for you.
I've included some links below to some good resources about menopause and mental health that you might find useful.
If you feel like you need some help and support to manage your symptoms then contact me for a free consultation.
Health & Wellbeing Coach