- What causes hot flashes?
- How to manage hot flashes and chills
- How to get a more restful night’s sleep
- When to worry about cancer
- What other changes take place in your body
An array of physical signs herald the approach of midlife. For many women, these signs are a wake-up call to pay attention to their bodies. They’re telling you that this is a second spring, a time of renewal and opportunity. You have another chance to make healthy and positive changes to help shape the body that will carry you through the second half of your life.
The first sign strikes seemingly from nowhere. There you are, making a marketing presentation to a prospective client or enjoying a quiet evening at home when, whoom! A flood of heat surges through you, leaving your face and neck flushed. Perspiration drenches you. You look as though you’ve just stepped from a sauna. Everyone else, on the other hand, looks calm and cool, if not a bit puzzled by your sudden and apparent discomfort. Is it something you ate? The flu? A bizarre and deadly tropical disease that Aunt Rochelle brought back from her safari vacation? Nope. It’s just a hot flash — and there are likely to be plenty more where that came from.
Making Peace with Your Changing Body
The physical changes of menopause can be disconcerting to those who are not expecting them or who don’t understand why they happen. But your body has been changing all your life. Life, in fact, is change. True, you won’t again have the body of a 25-year-old. But you do have the grace and wisdom that comes with experience and maturity. Menopause is a great time to become reacquainted with your body, if you’ve drifted away from conscious awareness of its presence and functions. And it’s an opportunity to marvel at the wonder of the body that gives you life. Even in its changing form, it is truly a beautiful and amazing creation.
The Least You Need to Know
- Hot flashes, cold chills, and withdrawal bleeding are common during menopause and usually go away when the menopause transition is complete.
- Estrogen supplementation is the most effective medical treatment for reducing the discomforts of many menopause signs. Many women can use natural supplements such as herbs and food-based products.
- Your doctor should check out any unusual vaginal bleeding to eliminate serious health conditions such as cancer.
- Regular sex is the most effective way to restore your body’s natural vaginal lubrication and tissue vitality.