Keeping your cool during menopause

Keeping your cool during menopause

As menopause approaches, many women experience discomfort

As a woman, you’ve always known that – at some point – you were going to stop menstruating and enter menopause. Here in New Zealand, this point tends to arrive somewhere between the ages of 42-56.  

As you approach this time, you probably have questions about what you can do to make your experience of menopause as comfortable as possible. You might have seen other women going through it and struggling with common effects like: 

  • Temperature fluctuations 
  • Emotional swings and irritability
  • Poor sleep and fatigue

Just because these effects are common doesn’t mean they’re inevitable

The effects of menopause are due to declining levels of two key hormones: oestrogen and progesterone. Together, these hormones have regulated your menstrual cycle throughout your adult life. Now, you’re beginning to produce less of them, which can result in the physical and emotional changes above.  

The good news is that there are several lifestyle changes and herbal helpers you can engage to ease the effects of menopause. For example:

  • Temperature fluctuations: avoid common food triggers such as caffeine, alcohol and spicy food. Also, try to dress in light, loose layers that allow your skin to breathe, and are easy to remove and replace as needed.  If you’re looking for herbal support, Sage has been shown to assist with temperature balance. Additionally plant compounds called “phytoestrogens” may help by mimicking the effects of your body’s own oestrogen.

  • Emotional swings: ensure you’re eating healthy food, and make regular time for a form of exercise that you enjoy.  Many women swear by self-calming practices such as yoga, meditation or simple deep breathing.  You may also find St. John’s Wort helpful as an aid to mood balance.

  • Poor sleep: for many menopausal women, broken sleep is due to night-time temperature swings. If so, keeping the room cool, and sleeping under a few layers of sheets (rather than a single heavy blanket) may help. Otherwise, practise good sleep hygiene, e.g. avoid caffeine after midday, and go to bed at the same time each night.  You may also find herbs such as Valerian and Passionflower useful in supporting restful, refreshing sleep.

Above all: remember that menopause is temporary

Although the leadup to menopause may feel as though it’s never going to end, the reality is that “this too shall pass”. The lifestyle tips above should help to make the transition more comfortable: and if you’re looking for convenient, day-and-night herbal support, Nutra-Life Meno-Life is a great option.

Nutra-Life Meno-Life is a unique, dual-capsule formulation that provides 24/7 assistance with the effects of menopause. With St John’s Wort in the day capsule, Valerian and Passionflower in the night capsule, plus Soy isoflavones in both; Nutra-Life Meno-Life offers around-the-clock menopause support while you need it.

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