Perimenopause and menopause are inevitable phases of life for women. They are part of the aging process and can include many uncomfortable symptoms that disrupt daily life and impact personal relationships.
Identifying Common Symptoms and Signs:
- Hot Flashes
- Breast Tenderness
- Lower Sex Drive
- Intense or irregular periods that are heavier or lighter
- Increased Heartbeat
- Hot Flashes
- Difficulty Sleeping
- Dry skin, eyes, and mouth
- Mood Swings
- Vaginal Dryness
If you’re unsure of whether or not you are suffering from a hormone imbalance, take our symptom checker quiz and talk to your doctor. You don’t have to suffer through uncomfortable menopausal symptoms alone. There are behaviors and lifestyle changes that may be able to help, especially with one of the more common, and frustrating, symptoms of perimenopause and menopause — hot flashes.
What are Hot Flashes?
During the menopausal transition, women can experience hot flashes that arise suddenly over the course of multiple years. Normally, nerve centers in the brain regulate internal body temperature, but when sex hormones are out of balance, hot flashes can be common.
The Penn Ovarian Aging Study shows that an estimated 80 percent of American women experience moderate to severe hot flashes. These can include excessive sweating and a rapid heartbeat that may even keep some women up during the night. While some women may experience mild to no symptoms during menopause, those who suffer from more severe symptoms that disrupt their daily lives, can look for relief through the following lifestyle changes.
Receive Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Renewed Vitality uses bioidentical hormone replacement therapy in order to ease and correct hormone imbalances, and improve the quality of life during perimenopause and menopause. Bioidentical hormones, which are derived from a plant-based source, are natural and biologically identical to what the human body generates. There are many benefits to using natural bioidentical hormones, including that they are more efficient and processed more easily by the body.
Find relief from hot flashes and menopausal symptoms and receive balance back in your life when you visit Renewed Vitality for bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Schedule your consultation today!
Avoid Trigger Points
Every woman’s transition into menopause is unique, and the triggers that relate to the frequency and severity of hot flashes is no exception. Pay attention to when your hot flashes occur and take note of any common activities that may be related.
Common triggers of hot flashes include warm weather, stress, spicy or hot foods and beverages, caffeine, and alcohol. It can be hard to avoid the triggers entirely, but by being aware of what they are, it can help you prevent or control them more.
Quit Unhealthy Habits
As the new year nears and you begin making a list of resolutions for 2020, set goals to leave your unhealthy habits in the past. Not only will quitting unhealthy habits improve your physical and mental wellbeing, but adopting a healthier lifestyle can also show improvements to menopausal symptoms.
Smoking cigarettes is very detrimental to your physical health, and the habit has also been found to be linked to the intensity and frequency of menopausal symptoms and hot flashes. While quitting may be easier said than done, staying active when you anticipate a craving coming on can help curb cravings and keep your mind occupied.
Exercising daily, practicing relaxation techniques, and eating a well-balanced diet are other healthy lifestyle changes that can help you manage hot flashes. Studies have found that an unhealthy body weight may increase the intensity and frequency of hot flashes. We offer a Serotonin-Plus Weight Loss Program that combines diet, behavioral changes and medication to boost your metabolism, ignite your energy and curb cravings.
Find Your Balance
If your menopausal hot flashes are frequent, severe, and affecting your daily life, but you can’t find relief in lifestyle changes, schedule an appointment with Renewed Vitality.
Our practitioner, Becky McClure, CRNP, founded Renewed Vitality after she found relief from her menopausal symptoms through bioidentical hormone therapy, when traditional HRT didn’t work for her. She is passionate about helping you feel like yourself again.