The fact we’re all talking about menopause a whole lot more makes us really happy over here at our Raemona desks, but there is definitely still a long way to go, plenty more research needed and of course the degree of support and aids that we have for painful periods, pregnancy and any of the other key parts of the women’s menstrual cycle in our lifetime too.
If you’re still not sure if you’re heading into menopause, or just want to be in the know for when you need to be, today we’re talking about some of the less talked about symptoms of menopause.
If you’re feeling forgetful or finding it hard to think of words, along with a general brain fog, this could all be a sign. So many stages of a women’s life are accompanied by brain fog, so it’s little surprise if we think about it that our brain may be affected as we enter this new phase. The good news is you’re not going mad, oestrogen just plays a role in your cognitive functions, so as it fluctuates then your brain will be affected too. Tackle it by reducing stress, ensuring you have more downtime and yes less screen time and be kind to yourself too. If you’re really struggling get a system in place that works for you, be it post it notes, note-pad to-do lists or your electronic diary with reminders.
This is definitely a new one for us, but if you’re often feeling like your throat is drying up or you’re constantly reaching for water, dry mouth and less saliva are two symptoms related to menopause. The drop in oestrogen and progesterone and fluctuating hormones affect salivary glands, leaving you a lot dryer than usual – quite literally everywhere! Tackle this by keeping hydrated, reducing caffeine and even by investing in an air humidifier to help with your surroundings.
Also, another symptom that can be related to so many things, but if it adds up with a few others definitely be aware, is bloating and abdominal discomfort. Once again it’s down to your levels of oestrogen and progesterone being in flux. Tackle this by adding a probiotic to your diet to calm and balance your body. Also look at the fibres you’re consuming too, and oats and pulses are likely to be your new best friends.
Menopause brings skin problems back again and for many skin can become dry and sensitive again. It’s not necessarily those that had terrible skin in their teens either, as for many it can be the first time in their life they experienced any issues including spots, bumps under the skin and redness. Tackle it by increasing the amount you moisturize as hydration is key. Avoiding hot hot showers can help too.