Answers to Your Questions About Fatigue and Menopause
Q: Does menopause have anything to do with my fatigue?
A: This question can be answered with a definite yes. Menopause has a lot to do with your fatigue. Nearly all women that go through menopause experience fatigue. Often it becomes severely disruptive as there is no energy to finish daily tasks or to enjoy activities throughout the day. Some women have such extreme fatigue that they experience complete exhaustion regularly. Part of the reason for such fatigue is that your hormones help to regulate cortisol within the body. Cortisol regulates the level of tiredness that you feel. Due to the reduction of hormones and hormonal imbalance, this regulation does not happen as it should.
Cortisol regulation and hormones are not the only factors involved in the severe fatigue experienced with menopause. This is due to the lack of sleep and the inability to stay asleep. If you are unable to get a full night of quality sleep, severe fatigue can set in just from this alone.
There are many issues arising with menopause that can greatly contribute to fatigue. Night sweats and insomnia are very common and both can cause you to develop fatigue.
Stress, anxiety and depression can greatly increase the severity of menopause concerns as well, as does your overall mental health. Stress and anxiety will increase the intensity, frequency and severity of menopausal issues. This then increases the feeling of fatigue, which in turn creates further stress and anxiety and can become an endless cycle. It is important when facing menopause to take all factors both physical and mental into account. Menopause is a complex women’s health issue, but you do not have to continue to be miserable. There are natural options available such as natural progesterone cream and natural estrogens that can have you back on the road to quality living again.
Q. What are some of the ways women deal with severe fatigue?
A: There is plenty you can do to help reduce the severity, intensity and frequency of menopause issues and the resulting fatigue. To ensure you get the best quality sleep, do not eat four hours prior to going to bed. Try drinking a glass of warm milk just prior to laying down for sleep. Be sure your sleeping area is cool. You should also avoid all stimulants including diet pills, caffeine and nicotine and stay away from alcohol as much as possible. Drink plenty of ice water to keep you hydrated and to keep your body temperature cool. If you are using natural progesterone, applying some of your progesterone cream at night may help you sleep throughout the night.
It is a great idea to create a regular exercise program as this will help in the reduction of menopause discomfort. However, be sure not to over exercise as this is will instead contribute to fatigue. Also be sure not to overwork yourself and plan plenty of time to complete necessary tasks.
Q: What can I do with natural hormones such as progesterone and/or phyto-estrogens and herbs to help?
A: Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy uses natural hormones such as natural progesterone and natural estrogen to help create the balance needed before, during and after menopause. Natural progesterone can also greatly reduce or even eliminate many of the frustrating conditions that lead to fatigue. Progesterone is made in a laboratory process, usually from wild yams found in nature to create hormones which are similar to the hormones produced within the human body. There are thousands of women using progesterone cream successfully to help them with their change of life concerns.
Q: What are phyto-estrogens?
A: Phyto-estrogens are natural estrogens that are created naturally from plants. Taken in combination with natural progesterone cream, these herbs are also used to help with the discomfort of perimenopause and menopause. Herbal blends of Black Cohosh, red clover and chasteberry have been proven to be highly effective because they contain properties that act very similar to low doses of estrogen.
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