Women looking for relief from menopause symptoms may consider lifestyle changes (such as exercising more), medications (such as antidepressants), and other types of treatment. Tracking the symptoms that bother you the most and discussing them with your healthcare provider can help the two of you come up with a treatment plan.
As you approach menopause, you may have symptoms caused by the changes your body is going through. The following sections provide a few ways to help alleviate your symptoms and provide some relief from menopause.
Hot flashes can be triggered by:
- A hot environment
- Eating or drinking hot or spicy foods and beverages
Try your best to avoid these triggers. Also, dress in layers and keep a fan in your home or workplace so you can cool down as needed. Regular exercise might also bring relief from hot flashes and other menopause symptoms. You can ask your healthcare provider about taking an antidepressant medicine. There is evidence that certain antidepressants can be helpful for some women with hot flashes.
To help relieve vaginal dryness, try using an over-the-counter vaginal lubricant. Your doctor also may prescribe prescription estrogen replacement creams. If you have spotting or bleeding while using these creams, be sure to notify your healthcare provider.
One of the best ways to get a good night's sleep is to get at least 30 minutes of physical activity on most days of the week. However, avoid strenuous exercise close to bedtime -- this can make it harder to fall asleep. Also avoid alcohol, caffeine, large meals, and working right before bedtime. You might want to drink something warm before bedtime, such as herbal tea or warm milk. Try to keep your bedroom at a comfortable temperature -- many people find it difficult to sleep if it's too hot or too cold. Also, avoid napping during the day, and try to go to bed and get up at the same times every day.