Some people think menopause is just a phase in a woman’s life. Research, testimonials and other resources have proven that this isn’t the case and menopause can affect a women’s life more than some people may think. It isn’t uncommon for some women to have cold weather menopause symptoms so this has to be treated and understood better by everyone.
There are several ways to fight the cold weather menopause symptoms but before we cover them, we should know how and when menopause occurs in woman’s life. There are 3 big aspects women should take into consideration when seeking for menopause symptoms relief.
- Perimenopause. This is the transition period in a woman’s life just before menopause. It is the time just before women turn 40 when the ovaries gradually begin to produce less estrogen and it’s cause by natural and expected hormone changes.
- Menopause. Represented by the end of a woman’s menstrual cycle and fertility, menopause isn’t a disease but a natural step in a woman’s life. Even if it’s not an illness it affects women’s lifestyle, mental and healthy state.
- Postmenopause. This should be the period when menopause symptoms ease out but when women should pay even more attention to their bodies. Remember that menstrual bleeding is not normal and to always do a Pap Test.
How To Fight The Cold Weather Menopause Symptoms
Women feel a spike in their menopause symptoms from the start of the cold season. The cold weather menopause symptoms are not the same for everyone so we’ll try to cover as much as we can.
Perimenopause and menopause are the periods when women tend to have more sporadic sleep episodes. This is one of the most common problems and should be dealt with since hormonal balance is tied to sufficient rest and optimal nutrition. In cold weather women tend to feel more fatigued because the cold influences the way they sleep but also because we get less sunlight and our body needs to adjust. We can fight this symptom of cold weather menopause by paying more attention to our diet and sleep patterns.
Try to add more foods which are known for providing energy and set up a sleep schedule (and stick to it!).
When we are depressed or we feel fatigue, we eat more. Women in menopause have a higher risk of overeating and putting on weight since the changes in hormone levels makes their bodies go in “survival mode” by storing calories. In the colder seasons we spend more time indoors with less stuff to do. We’re less active, we get bored and we eat more.
To fight this cold weather menopause symptom you should lower your carbohydrates intake and start exercising more. By exercising after menopause you can also reduce the risk of osteoporosis, heart attack and other cardiovascular diseases.
Muscle & joint pain
Due to low levels of oestrogen, which is important in maintaining joint and bone health, women can suffer from menopausal arthritis. Another reason for this can be dehydration since it leads to uric acid buildup in joints.
This tends to happen more in cold weather and women have to deal with worse cold weather menopause symptoms. Here’s why winter and cold weather in generally has such a big toll on your joints and muscles:
- Women drink less water in colder weather, as we all do because we feel chilly. As we said before, dehydration can lead to joint and muscle pain. Spending more time indoors with the heat turned on can worsen dehydration because it has drying effects on the air and our bodies.
- Women are less active in colder weather and spend time watching TV on the couch rather than exercising. The lack of mobility leads to weaker muscles and join paint.
- Shorter days and cold weather make us eat more comfort food that leads to being overweight and adds weight on your joints.
To fight these cold weather menopause symptoms women should do the following:
- Drink more water.
- Do more exercise.
- Pay attention to their diet.
- Try to keep stress to a minimum.
Adopt a Healthy Lifestyle Routine.
The best strategy for our life is to adopt a healthy lifestyle routine.
This means take healthy foods, stay hydrated, follow a daily exercise plan and take necessary vitamins in consultation with the health practitioner.
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