It is really important to take care of yourself before you hit menopause, all the way around.
So much is at stake.
It's better to do that before you get into that zone instead of waiting until afterwards when everything is so much harder.
Women will make a better transistion to menopause if they will: eat healthy, exercise, and prevent weight gain.
I never really had problems having that TOM because I was always active, either doing ballet, or aerobics or even biking. It was very rare for me to have cramps too.
I started when that TOM when I was eleven, and I finished probably when I was about 5 or 6 years ago and I am 57 now.
But for some people, when you don't have TOM for a couple of months and then TOM shows up, it can get pretty nasty for about a week. Then it wouldn't come again until a couple of months later, and then get nasty. Then it would be about 6 months, and then it would come again but not too bad. That's what happened to me.
When I has my 2nd and last child at age 38, I kept waking up about 3 a.m. in the mornnig when I was about 6 months preggers with her; and that kept up until about maybe 2 years ago at age 56. I never had night sweats, but insomina.
I did HRT for about 2 years when I first started into perimenopause but that was it. I just didn't want to take any more risks with side effects on Pre-marin. So I stopped that altogether.
I only drank one cup of decaf coffee in the morning and that was it. But I determined that I was going to lose some weight and tweak my diet so that I would be eating almost totally healthy, and so I cut out that one cup of decaf coffee.
Now I sleep like a baby.
But it can be different for each person because no two people are alike.
I hope this helps someone.
9/21/2008 11:25:01 AM
As a personal trainer I must stress how very important it is to lift weights and not just 3 lbs but progress up to 20-30lbs. The more muscle you build and have the higher your metabolism will be. We women get stuck on Cardio cardio cardio which is great for heart health and some weight loss but you will loose more weight and more inches lifting weights AND doing intervals and longer steady cardio so intervals for like 20 minutes one day and when you have the time moderate speed for 40 minutes to an hour. Plus cut your carbs down! Eat most of your carbs early in the day then ease up in the afternoon. You will see amazing results. If you want quicker results just go low carb for like a month then slowly introduce the carbs back into your diet. Flaxseed is great for hotflashes as is fish oil.
Good article. Last year I started waking up in the middle of the night many times hot and sweating. I would go outside and stand to cool off. I was busy and stressed and could not add 2+2 to get night sweats! I was exercising several times a week and it was not until I added yoga 3 days a week that my symptoms slowly left, no night sweats, no hot flashes. For me yoga is the answer on several levels. I also lift weights and take a dance class.
I am 45 and haven't started menopause yet. I don't even think I have started perimenopause. Back when I was in my mid 30's I was sure I was having hot flashes. I had them for about 4 months and then nothing since then. I am wondering if there is any correlation between menopause and pregnancies. Do people who have easy pregnancies and births have an easier time with menopause and vice versa? Does your age when you have kids have anything to do with when you start menopause? My periods are "normal" for the first time in my life so I think that might be a sign of starting perimenopause and soon they will start tapering off.
9/21/2008 10:30:10 AM
Well I guess if I needed additional motivation to keep up my exercise routine now that school has started & my life is busier than ever, this is it!
9/21/2008 10:26:30 AM
Of course, exercise is great for anyone, not just menopausal women, but this and every other article I've read on the topic focus on just a few symptoms, with hot flashes at the top of the list, and fail to mention the really troublesome ones, like vaginal dryness, stress incontinence and loss of libido. Hot flashes I can handle! I'm almost 56, entered menopause at the nice average age of 51 and I'm using bio-identical hormone creams in very low doses to relieve these symptoms. They're the only things that work. And please note that I am extremely active and have been since I was 16: bicycling to work and for fun, running, hiking, cross-country skiing, yoga, weight-lifting, etc etc.
I wish there were more information on Spark for woman who have gone through surgical menopause. It has been a emotional roller coaster for me. Although I feel like a new person after the surgery. It was hard not being able to exercise for 11 weeks. In fact it was extremely depressing. I am glad the hot flashes are not a great issue for me and I don't intend on taking HRT, but I want to be healthy. I want to make sure I am getting enough calcium and vitamins. Has anyone else gone through surgical menopause? What has been your experience?
9/14/2008 12:34:45 AM
hi ladys .welcome to the hot flash world.i,m 50 years old and i to when through allot .so i started exercising and do weights ...and it helped me a lot ...those sleepless nights,night sweats,the one thing is i started gaining weight around my belly .and i can't seem to take it of ..i exercise like hell..lol .hopping to lose the 10 pounds i put on ..
I am in menopause at the age of 38 , i have had to have a total hyst d/t problems, i have noticed for me the more water and less caffine i take in the better, high fiber and yes excercise helps. not only does it help with the side effects , it helps with my emmotions as well. The article was great and helps confirms what i want to do to help myself through this change in life . embrass it , because its gonna happen.
4/8/2008 12:32:51 AM
I 'am going thru all the menopause problems,sleeping is the worst right up there with hot flashes.I finally started exercising with my daughter in law and i felt a little relief ,then she quit exercising and i just stopped and it got worse again.Now I found the spark people and i think i will have the motivation I need to try again.I also hate going out because the hot flashes feel so noticeable and it is very embarrassing.When they start i feel sick a little and just want to stay still until i cool down,is this normal?Does anyone eles feel this?
4/7/2008 2:25:47 PM
Good article...... I exercise daily, doing weight training two to three days a week. Eating ground flax seed has kept the hot flashes at bay......... I used to drink raw milk while growing up and the milk we buy today is not the same...all the processing has killed off the good benefits, and it can't be replaced by adding vitamins and minerals as man can't replace what they destroyed. Soy mik isn't made from fermented soy beans so it isn't any good either................gotta find me a goat!!!
My husband has been telling me for a few years that he is sure I am entering the zone of menopause. LOL!! If I am, I wish my "friend" would go away. LOL!! This article was great. I too have found I am having more severe mood reactions to simple situations and exercise has helped me! Also, before I started exercising regularly, I was so stiff in the morning I could hardly get out of bed. Now I don't even think about it. Other than some chronic, annoying pain in my hips (which I actually think is from the heels I insist on wearing everyday), I am painfree most of the time!!
Great article. When I was 45 I went for my physical and told the doctor I thought about jumping off a bridge about a 100 times a day. He said "That is a little excessive." He started me on Prozac and it made me feel NORMAL again. He explained to me that depression was a real perimenapausal problem. I wish I'd have had Sparkpeople then to help teach me about exercise and diet.
The part of the article that really got me was..."they’re also more likely to suffer stiffness and chronic back pain, irregularity, poor circulation, shortness of breath, weak muscles, depression, and sleep disturbances"...all I could think was how did she know?!? This article's a keeper and now in my 'favorites'!
3/21/2008 9:54:52 PM
Super article, exercise got me through menopause. I never really had all the horrible symptoms, I hear other ladies talking about. Even the peri-menopause wasn't anything to complain about.....the periods just petered out and one month stopped and that was it......
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