Doctor Divulges: How to Avoid Menopause Symptoms (It’s So Easy!)

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By 2030, there will be 1.2 billion women who are 50+ in menopause, experiencing a wide range of over 35 possible symptoms including hot flashes, mood swings, dryness, gum problems, changes in body odor, weight gain, sexual issues and so much more.

“Menopause is natural and every woman goes through that change of life,” says Dr. Alyssa Dweck, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor and co-author of “The Complete A to Z for Your V: A Women’s Guide to Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Your Vagina–Health, Pleasure, Hormones, and More.” “Menopause is not an illness, though it may feel like one at times. It is possible to treat and manage the symptoms, which can unfortunately be disruptive, uncomfortable and embarrassing,” says Dweck.

Hormones, hot flashes and jalapenos. Here are a few useful solutions to key menopausal symptoms and easy fixes from Dr. Dweck:

1. Weight GainMany women, even those who exercise regularly and have a healthy diet, gain weight, especially around the belly and hips. Weight-bearing exercise, cardio and proper diet are vital. For some, hormone replacement can help. Stress reduction is essential for the body and mind.

2. Hot Flashes & Night SweatsHot flashes are common and can flare up anytime. Stay cool by wearing light layers of clothing with natural wicking fibers. Use fans, and keep your bedroom cool at night. Consider dietary manipulation and stress reduction. Ask your doctor about a medication like Divigel. A small amount of this prescription lotion on the inner thighs can eliminate hot flashes and night sweats altogether.

3. Vaginal DrynessHot flashes and night sweats may eventually go away, but decreases in estrogen cause vaginal tissue to become thin, less elastic and dry, causing pain during intimacy, discomfort, itching, and irritation even among those who are not sexually active. A combination of Replens Moisturizer once every 3 days, a silicone lubricant like Replens Silky Smooth just before sex and especially the use of magnetic dilators can alleviate painful sex all together.

4. Sleep DisordersHot flashes often flare up at night, and the lack of sleep can take a toll on your body, impacting energy levels, emotions, weight gain and libido. Lowering the thermostat at night and using cooling sheets and pillows can alleviate the severity. Try taking melatonin or ask your doc about a prescription to help you get a full night’s rest.

5. Low LibidoSex increases good health and vitality. The oxytocin released with hugging, stimulation and orgasm can increase feelings of calm and safety. Cortisol levels drop, and sleep may improve. During orgasm, there is also an increased release of prolactin, which helps you fall asleep faster and more efficiently. Women suffering from hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) have the option to treat the condition with the medication, Flibanserin. Or, they can go with the all-natural libido-boost, Fiera Arousal for Her is which is a new personal care device that enhances physical arousal to get your body ready and excited for sex.

6. NutritionWant to enhance libido? Consider this amino acid! Try arginine to boost sex drive. It is naturally found in granola, oatmeal, nuts, seeds, eggs, coconut milk and root veggies. Aphrodisiacs including chocolate, red wine, oysters, bananas, avocado, salmon, walnuts, chili peppers, figs, honey and soy, promote blood flow and lubrication as well.

Don’t let menopause define your life or slow you down one bit. With these remedies, the only difference will be the money you save every month on tampons and pads!


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