Menopausal women are well aware of the physical and mental challenges. In menopause, you may experience sleep loss. You may be tired. You may experience mood swings. There may memory lapses. You may notice increased irritability.
Researchers have discovered that estrogen may play a role in this. While the fact that estrogen plays a role in menopause is obvious, this new research presents exactly how estrogen can aid in easing symptoms. Drops in estrogen levels correlate with hot flashes and disturbances in sleep, further enhancing feelings of fear and anxiety, and ultimately mood swings. Here’s what you can do about it.
Food & Exercise
Regular exercise and a balanced diet can help to mitigate the symptoms of menopause. Doctors also advise that menopausal women (among others) limit their exposure to triggers such as caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol- as well as their consumption of spicy foods. In terms of memory, doctors recommend keeping your mind active with reading and crossword puzzles as opposed to indulging in television and other passive activities.
There is some research that has determined that hormone therapy is useful in relieving some of the more emotional side effects of menopause. It should be noted, however, taht hormone therapy alone is not adequate treatment for depression- particularly in severe cases. If you are experiencing depression and anxiety, it is important that you discuss your options with your doctor as targeted treatment may be necessary.
Although medical professionals are not entirely sure why some women experience problems with memory, it is important that you speak with your doctor if you are experiencing this symptom in order to rule out any other health related issues.
Many women notice a drop in symptoms over time as their bodies and minds adjust to the changes. This does not mean that you should suffer in silence. Keep an open dialogue with your doctor and treat symptoms as necessary.