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					Managing Symptoms of Menopause
2007-03-16
      almotamar.net beliefnet - The following tips may be
      beneficial for these common symptoms of menopause:
      Hot Flashes
      •      Wear fabrics that breathe, such as cotton. Do not
      wear silk, polyester and other synthetics that tend to trap
      body heat.
      •      If you feel a hot flash coming on, drink a glass of
      cold water.
      •      If troubled by night sweats, keep a cold facecloth or
      ice pack by your bed.
      •      Instead of pantyhose, wear cotton pants or thigh
      high stockings.
      •      Decrease your intake of caffeine and alcohol.
      •      Avoid spicy foods and hot drinks.
      •      Avoid tobacco.
      •      Try eating and drinking more soy products.
      •      Some women claim that taking vitamin E daily
      helps.
Vaginal Dryness/Urinary Problems
    (urinary tract infections, incontinence)
•       Use a vaginal cream or lubricant (avoid petroleum
jelly) to help reduce pain from dryness during sexual
intercourse.
•       Urinate before and after sexual intercourse to help
prevent bladder infections.
•       Drink plenty of fluids and empty your bladder
frequently.
•       Try Kegel exercises (tighten and relax the muscles
you use to stop urination) daily. They strengthen the
vaginal muscles, enhance orgasm, and help prevent
incontinence.
Psychological Problems
(anxiety, irritability, depression)
•       Communicate openly with your partner about your
symptoms and ask for support.
•       Join or even start a support group specific to
menopause or other life changes you are experiencing.
•       Find and share support with colleagues at work who
are going through the same thing.
•       Seek counseling.
•       Medication such as tranquilizers and
antidepressants may help.
•    Identify which sources of stress you can eliminate
from your life.
Forgetfulness
•    Write things down.
•    Use appointment books, calendars, post-it notes,
alarm clocks and timers.
•    Ask other people for reminders.
Weight Gain
•    Engage in an aerobic exercise at least three times
per week for at least 30 minutes per session.
•    Find ways to incorporate more exercise into your
daily routine, such as taking the stairs instead of the
elevator.
•    Decrease your intake of fat and calories.


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