What can I do to feel better during menopause?
Menopause is a normal part of life. Although women sometimes feel uncomfortable during menopause, most can feel better by making changes in their daily habits and diet.
In the past, doctors used to recommend that women take medicines containing estrogen and progesterone to relieve the most severe symptoms of menopause. This is called “Hormone Replacement Therapy” (HRT). Unfortunately, HRT has now been shown to increase women’s risk of breast cancer, heart disease, blood clots, and stroke. So it is better for a woman to avoid using these medicines.
If you are having signs that make you uncomfortable, try the following:
Dress in clothes that you can take off easily when you begin to sweat.
Avoid hot or spicy foods or drinks. They can cause hot flashes.
Do not drink much coffee or tea. They contain caffeine, which can make you feel nervous and prevent you from sleeping.
Get regular exercise.
If you drink alcohol, drink only small amounts. Alcohol can increase bleeding and hot flashes.
Stop smoking or chewing tobacco. It can cause unusual bleeding and make problems with weak bones much worse.
Explain to your family that your feelings may change easily. It may also help to discuss how you feel with other women who are going through menopause.
Ask about the use of traditional remedies in your community. Often women who have already been through menopause will know ways to help you feel better.