Menopause is a fact of life for women. How it affects you can be very different from how it affects other women. Most of us know about the common side effects like hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and changes in menstruation. But have you experienced any of these less common menopause symptoms?
Loss of breast fullness - Have you noticed your bra feeling a bit looser? No, you aren't imagining it. Lower estrogen levels can impact the fullness of your breasts. Most women don't find this too troubling, but you may need to adjust your bra size or type.
Dry and itchy skin - As estrogen levels decrease, elasticity in your skin also decreases. Use a quality full-body moisturizer twice a day to help ease discomfort.
Insomnia - Tossing and turning all night? Shifting hormone levels can cause hot flashes through the night and make it difficult to fall and stay asleep. Avoid too many liquids 30-45minutes before bed, and try to go to sleep at the same time every night to help get your sleep patterns under control.
Thinning hair - Are you noticing more hair in your brush? A shift in hormone levels can also affect your scalp causing it to be drier. Be sure to use a more natural shampoo brand designed for thinning hair to help keep the scalp and hair follicles healthy.
Forgetfulness - No, you aren't losing your marbles. Memory issues can be a result of insomnia due to hormones shifting. Be gentle with yourself and utilize a to-do list to help you stay on track with tasks.
Dizziness - A sudden shift in hormones can cause you to feel light-headed, dizzy, or nauseous. Eating regularly, exercising, and staying hydrated can help keep this from happening too often.
Be gentle with yourself and trust that your body will adjust to this shift in hormones in time, and so will you. If you need more help balancing your hormones, we recommend Dr. Leverone, specializing in Bioidentical Hormone Replacement.