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Menopause Fatigue: Symptoms and Treatment

Menopause Fatigue: Symptoms and Treatment

What is Menopause?

When a female is born, she has a specific number of eggs that are stored in the ovaries. Menopause occurs when the ovaries no longer produce an egg each month and menstruation ceases. Both estrogen and progesterone regulate the woman’s menstruation and ovulation cycles. Most women go through menopause between the ages of 45 and 55, but some may experience perimenopause several years earlier as the ovaries start to produce smaller amounts of estrogen. This can last anywhere from several months to years but will usually end when menopause begins.

Most Common Symptoms of Menopause

There are a variety of symptoms associated with menopause, which might include:

  • Changes in the menstrual cycle such as shorter or missed periods
  • Hot flashes occur with a sudden rush of heat felt throughout the body
  • Heart palpitations
  • Menopause fatigue or feelings of lethargy and tiredness
  • Night sweats
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Dry or itchy skin
  • Depression, anxiety and panic attacks
  • Changes in sleeping patterns such as insomnia
  • Sinus and allergy problems
  • Respiratory problems including wheezing and coughing
  • Thinning or loss of hair
  • Decreased libido
  • Problems with memory or concentration
  • Anger, irritability or crying for no apparent reason

The above are only some of the symptoms a woman may experience during menopause and these can vary greatly in each person. Only a handful of women may have night sweats or bouts of depression.

Treatments for Menopause Fatigue

When dealing with menopause fatigue, using different types of relaxation techniques can be helpful. People that get stressed out often feel worn down and unable to cope with life. Some of the best ways to relax and reinvigorate are:

  • Reading a book
  • Listening to soft music
  • Taking a long and soothing warm bath
  • Having a massage
  • Practice deep breathing and meditation

Changes in diet can play an important role by limiting the consumption of fats, sugar, salt, caffeine and alcohol. Some women try to take on too much by working, doing all the household chores and looking after the children. Ask for help from friends, family members or neighbors. Rather than driving the kids to school, let them take the bus if possible. Older children can often help the younger kids with their homework. Instead of planning a big dinner every night, keep it simple by having soup and salad. Get into a regular sleep pattern by going to bed each night at the same time. Refraining from eating anything heavy after a certain hour. Find time during the day to take a quick catnap if possible. Just resting your eyes can be extremely refreshing.

When to Consult a Medical Professional

There are also herbal remedies that have been very effective in treating menopause fatigue. Some women feel their menopause fatigue symptoms are better after taking black cohosh and valerian root. Adjusting the temperature in the house can help by keeping it cooler at night. You may want to use lighter bedding or put a fan in the bedroom as well. If you are still having trouble dealing with menopause fatigue and feel sluggish, consult with your doctor who may have a medical solution that can provide relief. 

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