It’s not all bad news when it comes to going through the change
Don’t be afraid to ask for support
Seek help, especially if your symptoms are troublesome. There are lots of resources online, including the British Menopause Society’s Women’s Health concern helpline and Menopause Matters. Many things can help, including diet and lifestyle, and cognitive behavioural therapy for mood and anxiety.
Weight gain isn’t a given
As we age, our metabolic rate slows, so we need to be more aware of what we eat and exercise regularly. Hormonal changes can cause weight fluctuations, and this can initially be a factor in gaining weight during the menopause. However, as the body adjusts to the hormonal changes, weight gain can be combatted by simple lifestyle changes.
HRT can really help
A big myth is that hormone replacement therapy is dangerous. For most women, the benefits far outweigh any risks and it’s a very effective treatment.
Recognise your symptoms
Track your symptoms at balance-app.com before you see your GP so you can openly discuss your treatment options.
There are solutions to vaginal dryness
One of the lesser spoken about effects of the menopause is vaginal dryness. See your GP or a pharmacist as there are products which can help.
Your pelvic floor can strengthen
Many women fear urinary incontinence during the menopause, but with pelvic floor exercises, regular exercise and a healthy diet, women of any age can vastly improve their pelvic floor and bladder muscles.