Top 5 Menopause Issues and How to Fix Them

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You gotta love being a woman. All those confusing hormones when you go through puberty, PMS symptoms, then the mood swings, paranoia, and cravings that come with pregnancy, and once you think you’ve got it all under control, here comes menopause!

If you are lucky, you will have a good doctor that will take your menopause symptoms seriously. Unfortunately, many doctors still hold onto outdated information, preconceived ideas, or they simply do not have the time to investigate your concerns.

So, chances are pretty good that, when it comes to figuring out what works for you and your menopause symptoms, you are going to have to go it alone.

Read on and become acquainted with how this change of life actually goes, what to expect, and means of dealing with it and not feel like you are going to lose your mind.


1. Your doctor doesn’t take your symptoms seriously or says HRT is your only solution

Both of these issues are a huge red flag that you need another doctor.

When your doctor listens to your complaints and says it sounds like PMS or “typical menopause problems”, and then writes you a prescription for anti-depressants, or tells you that hormone replacement therapy is the only thing they can do for you, you seriously need to get another doctor.

Although both hormones and anti-depressants are sometimes reasonable options to deal with these symptoms, they shouldn’t be the only or the automatic response to your problem. (Find out one anti-depressant side effects). If you leave your doctor’s office feeling that no one listened to you, or you don’t know what you should do to feel better, no matter how long you might have been seeing this doctor, get a new doctor or, at the very least, get a second opinion.


2. Sex isn’t fun anymore

If you feel like you just have no interest in sex anymore, or if sex actually hurts, this does not mean your sex life is over. There are tons of help available and, for many women; they find that sex after menopause is a new, exciting time of exploration and no worries about birth control!

In order to make sex fun again, you just need to make a few changes.

First, use lots of lubrication. There are some great, new lubricants made just for women going through menopause and although they cost a bit more, you will not be disappointed! Also, remember to give yourself a bit more time to get in the mood.

If you have been finding sex painful, simply change positions. Many women find deep penetration more painful than before but this only means you are now free to experiment with new positions.

If you are taking anti-depressants, either stop them or change them. An unfortunate side effect of many anti-depressants is lack of interest in sex, so if you think this might be your problem, talk to your doctor about changing medications.

Also, it helps to keep in mind that this particular problem is usually temporary. When your monthly hormone production stops, many women say that their libido goes into the deep freeze. However, over time, your adrenal glands will take control and start producing both male and female hormones and your libido will come back stronger than ever.

A last ditch approach is to take testosterone and/or androgen hormones. If you really can’t deal with little or no sex, talk to your doctor about the pros and cons of this type of therapy.

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