Menopause is not something that women look forward to, but it is something that every woman will experience at some point in her life. The symptoms aren't easy to deal with and can be particularly unnerving at times. However, it is possible to push through. Here are three ways you can make it through them:
1. Cool Off During Hot Flashes
One of the worst times of day to get a hot flash is at night. Nighttime hot flashes not only leave you soaking wet in sweat, but they also keep you from being able to get a good night's rest. Luckily, it is possible to keep from sweating quite as much and get some shut eye.
First, trade your flannel pajamas for lightweight ones. If possible, try sleeping with just a sheet. If you must have a blanket, get rid of the thick quilt and opt for a lightweight blanket or a couple of layers of thin blankets. You can also use a fan beside the bed to help circulate air in the bed. Last, but not least, place a bag of frozen vegetables underneath your pillow so that you can flip the pillow over when you start getting warm. This will allow your face to be directly against something cool periodically.
2. Improve Your Chances of Sleeping
Since menopause can cause problems with sleeping, you should look for ways to improve your sleeping habits. According to research from the National Sleep Foundation, yoga is an excellent way to help ensure that you get quality shut eye each night. In fact, research shows that yoga performed on a daily basis can help you fall asleep faster, sleep for longer periods of time and even go back to sleep quicker if you wake up during the night.
3. Spice Things Up
When menopause strikes, it tends to hit your sex drive and your vagina – and not in a good way. Changes in your hormones have a negative effect on the vagina, leaving it thinner and dryer, which makes sex uncomfortable and sometimes painful. At the same time, the hormone changes affect your sex drive potentially leaving you not wanting to have sex at all - or at least not as often as you used to.
Luckily, there are solutions to both of these. There are plenty of non-prescription vaginal moisturizers and lubricants that can be used to help "liven up" the vagina and make sex more comfortable. You can also talk to your doctor about prescription creams for the dryness that you are experiencing. For your lost desire in sex, you can make things more interesting by focusing more on foreplay and new positions. You may want to step out of your comfort zone and try erotica or role-playing to put that zap back into your sex drive.
Contact a clinic, like Entira Family Clinics, for more help.