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10 facts no one tells you about menopause symptoms


You could start to feel less social.

When you go through a hormonal change, which menopause definitely is, you may experience more psychological and emotional issues than you might expect. While the topics of hot flashes or night sweats are common knowledge for most people, many of us overlook the very real emotional issues that can come out during menopause. One of the stranger ones that women experience is feeling less social and more introspective. Dr. Goldberg urges women not to misinterpret this feeling as depression, since it is a different experience altogether. She describes menopause as a deeply introspective journey, and one that should be honored when you go through it. You might just go through changes for the better coming out of menopause, and that’s perfectly okay. Since the change is initiated by something outside of your control, a common reaction for people is to dismiss their feelings or newfound desires, but that might not be a warranted reaction. Attempting to confront these new feelings before even thinking about dismissing them is important, at least in the eyes of specialist Dr. Goldberg.

 

You will be more sensitive to hormones and may have to change your diet.

Since your body is trying to find its new normal from a hormonal perspective, the last thing you are going to want to do is to push another hormonal imbalance. Our diets can do this, though, as things like pesticides in our vegetables or hormones in our meat can mess with us even when we aren’t going through menopause.

When you are, all of this gets amplified, and your body can get really sensitive when you introduce new hormones. It might be the perfect time to focus more on your diet, or to go green as some people would call it. Try to eliminate any pesticides from your food, and maybe even keep a notebook or diary to keep track of your reaction to different foods. You can spot trends this way and stay away from the meals giving you a hard time.

 

Hot flashes can last for a long time.

Despite the term used, hot flashes can actually extend for long stretches of time, and unfortunately are about as bad as advertised. Hot flashes also tend to gang up on people towards the night, which is why night sweats in women are so common around this time of their lives. A good way to try and fight against hot flashes is to turn the A/C on when you go to bed, or to get a more breathable blanket that doesn’t trap hot air quite as much. These options can be helpful, but honestly the best option for you might not work at all for someone else. Experimenting with different tactics until you find the best one might be the best way to approach hot flashes.

 

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