Not so secret women’s business Tips and ticks to sail through menopause like it ain’t no thing
Change-of-life issues getting you down? Here’s how to sail through it like it ain’t no thing
just when you think you’ve got this whole womanhood thing figured out, your body says ‘hold my beer’ and throws something weird and wacky into the mix. For many, the lead-up to menopause can be full of surprises, not all of them fun. (Between us, the post-menopause years aren’t always a barrel of laughs either!)
WELL, WE AIN’T GONNA TAKE IT!
Advances in medicine and technology mean women don’t have to simply put up with the pain, discomfort or plain inconvenience sometimes associated with ‘the change’. We’re better informed than ever and, as a bonus, we can easily connect and share with other women in the same boat. Whatever’s going on, there’s a social media support group out there for you!
Approaching menopause, periods often become heavier, more painful and less predictable. You might think you’re done,
and then months later, clotting and cramping start up again. Although this is considered ‘normal’, if your period is messing with your mojo, help is available. • Over-the-counter pain meds
can ease milder symptoms.
• A prescription drug containing the active ingredient tranexamic acid has been shown to reduce blood flow by up to 60 per cent. • Hormonal treatment options
are varied and include low-dose oral contraceptives or other forms of therapy, so talk to your doctor. • If you’re certain you’re done
having kids, endometrial ablation, such as Novasure, is an effective non-hormonal, minimally invasive procedure. Usually performed as day surgery, the procedure removes the lining of the uterus. It’s quick and easy with little to no down-time. • If you experience abnormal bleeding or spotting after menopause, see your gynaecologist or GP. For more information, visit wearwhiteagain.com.au
Childbirth, menopause, years of straining on the loo and being overweight can weaken pelvic floor muscles which can make you leak when you laugh, cough, sneeze, lift heavy stuff or exercise. It may be extremely common, but stress incontinence can be embarrassing! • Today’s super-absorbent liners,
pads and undies are light years removed from days of yore and offer worry-free confidence. Get some!
• Pelvic floor exercises (aka Kegels), really do help strengthen those muscles when done correctly
and consistently. Youtube ‘How to Kegel’ – yep, that’s a thing!
• Eat a healthy diet with lots of fruit and veg, drink lots of water, lose weight if you need to. • Practise good toilet habits.
Don’t strain, don’t hold on longer than is comfortable, but don’t go ‘just in case’ either. • If the problem gets worse, talk to your doc about surgical options such as bladder augmentation.
Insult to injury? You betcha! Many women experience hair loss during and after menopause, and while the causes are not fully understood, hormone imbalance, vitamin and mineral deficiencies and underlying health problems play a role. In particular, an under or overactive thyroid can cause significant hair thinning or loss. If this is a problem for you, address it with your doctor ASAP!
Tell yourself ‘you got this’ and be the captain on your journey