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Tips To Relax during Menopause At Work

Published / by mimin

If you’ll excuse the pun, this is a ‘hot’ topic at the moment, so I thought I’d write about what we can do help our ladies through menopause at work. There are currently around 3.5 million ladies over 50 in our workforce, so if you work with women this will affect you.

Unison have done a great job at raising awareness of the problems women can have with menopause at work, a main one is lack of sleep due to night sweats. Night sweats mean a serious lack of sleep, which in turn leads to irritability, poor concentration, and everything else we can do without at work. But that’s not all, for many of my patients menopause at work has meant leaving embarrassing stains on seats more than once, and needless to say, self confidence has taken a knock as a result. Other menopausal delights can include panic attacks, urinary incontinence, palpitations, hot flushes, memory loss, and dry skin, making life a misery for tens of thousands of women. Women in high ranking positions can find menopause especially difficult and will rarely inform colleagues that they’re struggling. But actually menopause needn’t cause us so much trouble and there’s a lot we can do to help women breeze through it.

How Can We Support Women Through Menopause At Work?

Keeping fans in the office, using breathable fabrics to make uniforms and allowing ladies access to cool drinking water are all great. The only thing is, they’re only helping during work hours, and they’re not really addressing the cause of the problem. What else can we do?

HRT is one option. Some women take it for years without any problem but many don’t, and there are lots of safety and ethical concerns around using it. Having seen what can be achieved with herbal treatment time and time again, I’d suggest leaving HRT as a last resort. Herbal Medicines are much safer and effective to the point where some GP’s are now suggesting their menopausal patients see a Medical Herbalist. There are many reasons behind why so many women suffer with what is, after all, a natural milestone in their lives, and a Medical Herbalist will aim to unpick those reasons in each individual patient before prescribing the herbs. One patient of mine recently cancelled the hysterectomy that she was booked in for as the herbs worked so quickly for her. The surgery would have meant considerable time off work as well as her having to cope with a young family whilst she recovered. What suits one person will not work for another, so simply making female employees aware of herbal medicine as an option would be a help. Perhaps you could even invite your local Medical Herbalist to do some drop in sessions at your workplace one day.

If you have enough delegates, a ‘Healthy Aging For Women’ workshop could work well, teaching women how to care for themselves not only through menopause but prevent other health issues as well. Of course, we should counterbalance it with one for the men too – I’ll write about manopause another day!

Here are a few more ideas for you:

  • If you have any spare rooms, keep one a bit cooler and quieter as a bolt hole during hot flushes or anxiety attacks.
  • Put together a menopause toolkit outlining what support is available both in and outside work.
  • Nurture peer support. Encourage women in similar age groups to work, volunteer, or socialise together.
  • Make herbal teas available as well as the usual tea & coffee. Fennel is very inexpensive and has a mildly oestrogenic effect which can be helpful during menopause. Other calming, energising or uplifting blends can be used as needed too.
  • If you have catering onsite, ask them to offer healthy ‘hormone friendly’ meal options including oily fish, fermented soy such as miso soup, and plenty of fresh vegetables.
  • Encourage daily walks during lunch breaks.

 

All About Menopause

Published / by mimin

Life begins at 40 as the saying goes. But for some women as early as 30 years old their journey towards the menopausal episode starts. Perimenopause as it is called would never be easy for most women facing this. Here are the common signs of perimenopause. Check it out if you are experiencing some of them.

*Vaginal dryness
*Sexual discomfort
*Memory problems
*Sleep problems
*Short menstrual cycle
*Unpredictable period ( some may skip period, some may experience bleeding that last for two weeks, other may undergo period twice in a month)
*Spotting in between menstrual cycle
*Spotting after intercourse
*Self-pity that leads to depression
*Irritability
*Hot Flashes
*Frequent urination (especially at night)
*Breast tenderness and discomfort

PMS or premenstrual syndrome are most similar to perimenopause symptoms though PMS must be based on the menstrual cycle itself. On the other hand, perimenopause is associated with the unpredictable period oftentimes shorter than the regular 28-day menstrual cycle. Before the period, one may experience breast tenderness and when bleeding occurs, hot flashes and more irritating symptoms arise.

This and more symptoms will be experienced by women in their perimenopausal stage. Good for those who will not undergo the turmoil of perimenopausal. Yes, there are women who rarely experienced the symptoms of perimenopause. I talked to Juliet and Minda who just turned 60. Both of them never experienced the symptoms of perimenopause. Their period just ceased after turning 50 years old. But they experience some annoying changes physically when menopause occurs.

Menopause is a natural phase that women will experience. The recurrence of menstruation of 3 to 6 months and will eventually stop for one whole year is a sign of menopause. By this time a woman could no longer be able to get pregnant as her period ceases. Like Juliet and Minda who do not experience much of the perimenopause symptoms but experiencing the agony of menopause due to hormonal imbalance.

Oftentimes hormone replacement therapy or HRT will be considered to lessen the severe hormonal imbalance. General practitioner can offer few suggestions to treat the abnormalities such as taking hormonal pills. There are also gels, implants and skin patches that could reverse estrogen loss.

The depletion of estrogen will lead also to vaginal dryness during menopause and perimenopause. You may consider applying vaginal moisturizer or lubricants. There is also vaginal estrogen cream which is more effective to lessen the dryness. But if your GP will suggest CBT or cognitive behavioural therapy try considering the idea especially if you undergo mood swings, anxiety or depression.

Staying healthy is the best way to avoid the dilemma of perimenopause and menopause. There are lots of healthy food around start picking up organic it is 100% safe. You can also include natural food supplements in your diet like the Buah Merah Mix that contained six super natural fruits and vegetables like moringa, wheat grass, barley, mangosteen, guyabano and buah merah. Buah Merah Mix is a fully loaded ready to drink juice that will energize your body while detoxifying. It is a good source of vitamins and minerals to lessen the agony of hormonal imbalance during perimenopause and menopause.