10 Extremely Common Mistakes Women Make During Menopause

Even though I’m not quite 30 yet, I have been joking with my friends for years about how I’ll probably have an early menopause based on my mom and grandma’s experiences.It’s easy to make light of it during my 20s, but as the years pass, I realize just how unprepared I’ll really be if I don’t start doing research before it’s too late.

The decline of reproductive hormones (and all the frustrating symptoms that come along with it) is something every woman on Earthknows they’ll have to deal with eventually. But we often allow ourselves to put off really figuring out what to do about it until we’re in the throes of mood swings, hot flashes, and unpredictable metabolism changes.

The truth is that thisperiod of our lives really doesn’t have to be all that horrible of an experience.Take a look below to see 10 of the common mistakesmany women make whendealing with menopause.

Let us know in the comments if we missed any other misunderstandings floating around, and be sure to SHARE with your friends!

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1. Putting Up With Hot Flashes

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As the most common symptom of “the change,” women often believe they just have to wait out the sweaty side effect. But there are actually both natural and hormone-therapy options that can significantly reduce the shift in body temperature.

Keep in mind that the average woman has hot flashes for about seven years,if not more and thatis a long time to tryand just power through. Asking your doctor about options can be an enormous help.

2. Falling For Negative Rumors About Hormone Therapy

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Though there are risk factors in the treatment, most of the nastier side effects have been blown out of proportion when it comes to women under the age of 60 looking to help ease their symptoms with hormone therapy.

In fact, the treatments can also help prevent chances of heart disease in many patients.

3. Avoiding All Sugar

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While it is a good idea to curb your sweet tooth during menopause to help maintain blood sugar levels, cutting it out entirely can lead to binging and making things worse.

Instead, stick to the natural sugarsfound in yummy fruits when you feel the cravingfor something sweet.

4. Taking Too Much Calcium

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You might be eating extra dairy and taking supplements to help with the dip in bone density that occurs, but it is possible to go overboard and potentially cause kidney stones and constipation and some reports even point to heart disease.

5. Eating As Much As Before

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If you were already eating fairly healthy, you might assume there’s no need to change your diet.Butexperts actually recommend eating about 200 less calories per day due to thecondition’s effect on your metabolism.

6. Only Doing Cardio

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During menopause, it is very important to maintain a healthy heartwith plenty of cardio. But you also need to make sure you’re including strength and muscle training with weights, squats, and lungesto keep your body from going totally downhill.

7. Not Drinking Enough Water

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Many of us are guilty of not gulping down the recommended 64 ounces of water each day, but it’s especially important to remember during menopause. This helps combat several side effects like joint inflammation and a hazy memory.

8. Giving Up On A Sex Life

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Hormonal changes frequently result in vaginal dryness, which can make sex painful while dealing with menopause. But that doesn’t mean it’s the end of your intimate life.

Topical lubricants and estrogen treatments have helped women continue to enjoy their time in the bedroom well into their 70s and 80s.

9. Not Getting Enough Sleep

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This basic essential is obviously necessary for everyone, not just those going through menopause. Butroughly 61 percent of menopausal women deal with insomnia due to their hot flashes, mood swings, and the development of breathing disorders.

Again, hormone therapy is a great remedy for those suffering from decreased sleep.

10. Skipping New Medical Screenings

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In addition to maintaining regular checks on blood pressure and cholesterol, women going through menopause also need to have their hormone balance looked at every now and then.

They also require acolorectal cancer screening, bone-density screening, and mammogramevery couple of years (or even more frequently) now that their body is changing and becoming more vulnerable to new medical issues.

Did we miss any big mistakes women make while dealing with menopause? Let us know below, and be sure to SHARE with your loved ones!

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