Menopause and Perimenopause
A healthy lifestyle can help you manage menopause symptoms. It can also help lower your risk for heart disease, Reference osteoporosis Opens New Window, and other long-term health problems.
- If you smoke, stop smoking to reduce hot flashes and long-term health risks.
- Exercise regularly to promote both physical and emotional health.
- Limit alcohol intake to reduce menopause symptoms and long-term health risks.
- Make healthy eating a priority. Cut back on simple sugars and caffeine, which can make menopause symptoms worse. You'll not only feel better but may also prevent long-term health problems.
- Pay attention to how the Reference emotional side of menopause is affecting you. Have a support network, and seek help as needed.
- Make sure you Reference get enough calcium and vitamin D. Eat foods that are rich in calcium, and take calcium and vitamin D supplements. This can help lower your risk of osteoporosis.
- Improve bladder control with regular Reference Kegel exercises Opens New Window.
To manage Reference hot flashes, try keeping your environment cool, dressing in layers, and managing stress.
- Reference Reference Menopause: Managing Hot Flashes
- Reference Reference Stress Management: Relaxing Your Mind and Body
To Reference improve vaginal dryness and muscle tone, try using a vaginal lubricant and doing Kegel exercises regularly.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference April 26, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Carla J. Herman, MD, MPH - Geriatric Medicine