As a menopause nurse dedicated to supporting women through one of the most transformative phases of their lives, I’ve had the privilege of witnessing the varied and often challenging symptoms that accompany menopause. Menopause, a natural biological process marking the end of a woman's reproductive years, can be a rollercoaster of physical and emotional changes and since nearly all women go through this process, symptoms in any form are far more common than you think.
Hot Flashes and Night Sweats
Perhaps the most known or commonly reported symptom are hot flashes and night sweats. These sudden and intense waves of heat can be disruptive to daily life, affecting work, sleep, and overall well-being. Through my experience, I have found that understanding triggers and adopting lifestyle modifications can significantly alleviate these symptoms.
Mood Swings and Emotional Changes
Menopause isn't just a physical journey; it's an emotional one as well. Many women experience mood swings, irritability, and heightened emotional sensitivity during this time.
Menopausal women frequently grapple with sleep disturbances, including difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep. Hormonal fluctuations, night sweats, and psychological factors contribute to these challenges. We can explore how to improve your sleep quality and sleep hygiene through a consultation in Leicestershire or Cambridgeshire.
Vaginal Dryness and Sexual Discomfort
The decline in oestrogen levels during menopause can lead to vaginal dryness and discomfort during sexual activity. Addressing these concerns is crucial for maintaining intimate relationships and overall well-being. As a menopause nurse, I provide education on lubricants, moisturisers, and, when appropriate, hormone replacement therapy to alleviate symptoms and enhance sexual health.
Weight Gain and Changes in Body Composition
Metabolism can slow down during menopause, leading to weight gain and changes in body composition. I often counsel women on the importance of a balanced diet, regular exercise, and muscle-strengthening activities to manage weight and promote overall health. We love to ensure you’re making the most of this stage of your life which does include a glass of wine, box of chocolates or a cream tea, but like everything, it’s about maintaining the balance and sticking to it for your own benefit.
The maze may be a challenge to navigate but once you’ve had a consultation with Aly Dilks, you’ll know that you’re not alone and there are ways to feel like you again. Many of our clients report back a few days, weeks or even months later telling us they feel like the clouds have been lifted after taking our advice or looking into a HRT prescription. Reignite your life with a consultation in our Leicester, Ely or online clinics.