Feeling Overwhelmed By Post Menopause Symptoms?
When women are officially diagnosed as being ‘post menopausal’, there is often the elated thought that all those hormone-related post menopause symptoms are going to stop, and that life can resume on an even keel. Unfortunately, this is not often the case! The more common experience is that hormone levels continue to flux, and different problems, perhaps brought on by the lack of estrogen, can start to occur.
Bleeding after menopause is one of the most worrisome problems, and should always be checked out by your doctor. Whilst it is often nothing to worry about, it can be a symptom of a serious health problem. Doctors always err on the side of caution here, and rightly so. However, whilst waiting for your test results to come back, it helps to know that most of the time, this is simply a result of hormone fluctuations.
Hot flashes after menopause are not as common, as most women only have them for 2 months to 2 years. However some women do experience them for up to 10 years after their last period. Because the symptoms associated with hot flashes – such as dizziness, headaches, fatigue, insomnia, and palpitations – are also associated with other illnesses, it’s important to get a check up with your doctor.
A vaginal discharge after menopause can be an indicator that the vaginal wall is atrophying, due to the declining levels of estrogen. If this is the case, the discharge is thin and watery, and may be tinged with blood. Of course, there could be other reasons for a discharge, so it should also be checked out by your GP.
Facial hair growth after menopause is a result of a change in the levels of estrogen and testosterone. Women also have testosterone, albeit in smaller amounts than men. One thing to be aware of, is that RetinA (retinoic acid) can cause hair to grow, in a similar way to minoxidl (which is used to treat hair loss in men).
When experiencing post menopause symptoms, it can often seem like we will always be ‘at the mercy’ of our bodies. But it helps to know that there are many things we can do to minimize the impact of recalcitrant hormones. Nutrition and exercise play a pivotal role in the health of women after menopause, though it is often the case that we might prefer the solution was easier! But instead of feeling our bodies are in control, we can reassert control ourselves with surprisingly effective results.
Here are some suggestions:
- Get a good multivitamin – Look for one that has these nutrients in the right quantities:
- 400mg of Vitamin D
- 50 – 100mg of vitamin B6, but no more than 200mg
- 50 – 100 mcg vitamin B12
- 400 mcg folic acid
- 100mcg vitamin K
- 3mg Boron
- 600 mg magnesium – you may need to get this in an additional supplement
- 200 mcg selenium
- Take a good quality essential fatty acid supplement – Avoid the cheap omega 3 supplements, as they are not of very high quality as a general rule. For more information on this, read my article on wild salmon oil.
- Take a calcium and magnesium formula that also contains vitamin D – Vitamin D helps with absorption. Around 400iu of vitamin D is suggested. Make sure you take it at least 2 separate times as there is only so much calcium the body can absorb at once.
The good news is that post menopause symptoms will ease over time. And with the advances in hormone replacement therapy, as well as a growing understanding of the impact of herbs, nutrition, and exercise, women can look foward to rebalancing the hormonal levels in their bodies with greater choice than was previously possible.