The five sensitivities of menopause (and how to deal with them)

The five sensitivities of menopause (and how to deal with them)

You can feel much more sensitive during the menopause – and in more ways than one. Here are five potential symptoms, and what you can do to ease them.

You can feel much more sensitive during the menopause – and in more ways than one. Here are five potential symptoms, and what you can do to ease them.

With hot flushes and night sweats, you’d think we’d have enough to deal with during the menopause.

But with our hormones fluctuating all over the place, this can affect everything, from our skin to our bladder to our teeth.

Here are five things that tend to get a little sensitive during ‘the change’, and the steps you can take to make it a little easier on yourself.

Skin

Sensitive skin isn’t reserved for babies and redheads. Indeed, anyone can suffer with it, and even if you’ve never had sensitive skin, the hormonal changes that occur during the menopause can quickly change that.

You might find your skin feels tighter and dryer and your usual creams are no longer doing the trick. You might even find your clothes are starting to irritate your skin.

If this is the case, try looking for rich lotions that are specially formulated for sensitive skin, and wash your clothes with Fairy Non-Bio, the number one laundry brand for sensitive skin. With the added bonus of making fabrics huggably soft, the rest of the family will feel the benefits, too.

Bladder

Oestrogen is the female sex hormone, and so as your levels drop during menopause, this can weaken your pelvic floor muscles, which support your uterus, bowels and bladder.

This can result in a more sensitive bladder, so when you laugh, cough or exercise, you might experience an impromptu leak.

You can strengthen your pelvic floor muscles to help prevent leaks, and wear Always Discreet pads, liners or underwear to absorb any wetness or odours.

If it continues, or the incontinence you are experiencing is when you get the sudden desperate urge to go to the toilet, speak to your doctor.

Moods

Many of us suffer with mood swings during PMS and, while you won’t have to worry about that anymore, the same hormones fluctuate during the menopause, so you will probably experience mood swings throughout ‘the change’.

Unfortunately there’s not a huge amount you can do to combat this. Eating a well-balanced diet can help, and some women swear by herbal remedies, so do some research and see if anything suits you.

Otherwise, just let your loved ones know you might not be quite yourself at all times when you’re going through the menopause, and they will need to be understanding.

Teeth

During the menopause, your entire body gets drier, including your mouth. Saliva helps look after your teeth by washing away food, so a drier mouth allows bacteria to grow, causing tooth decay and your gums to bleed or recede.

To help counter this, drink plenty of fluids, rinsing your mouth out with water after eating, and try swapping your regular toothpaste for Oral-B Pro-Expert Sensitive to help take extra care of your teeth.

Breasts

Again, those pesky hormone changes can result in sore, tender breasts. If you suffered with this symptom during PMS, you will probably suffer from it again during perimenopause.

To help ease discomfort, ensure you are wearing the right size bra, and cut down on smoking, caffeine and junk food, which can all have an adverse effect on the body in general, and in particular when it’s going through the hormonal changes that come with the menopause.

Do you have any tips for dealing with sensitivity during the menopause? Do share them in the comments section below.

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HRT v Natural

OnlyMe1 29/09/2017

I was on HRT after a hysterectomy at 33, and my GP (female) insisted I come off it at 53. The effects of that were horrendous, constant hot sweats and irritability, I was in tears most days. Until a friend suggested Menapol, Evening Promrose Oil and Starflowert Oil capsules. I didn't look back, within a week I was my 'normal' self with only the odd hot flush when I got upset or flustered. I take only EP now and feel great apart from dry skin, nothing seems to work. Richer ones make it greasy!

Menopausal madness

sueal 28/09/2017

I have been having so many menopausal night sweats now for over 10 years, anything from 4-8 a night the Dr wanted me to go on HRT but im hoping that at some point these symptoms will at least slow down. I do not want to go on HRT now i have tried various ways to try to alleviate the sweats but nothing works,

Recommond HRT

Alison 26/09/2017

My excellent surgeon prescribed an HRT patch for me after a hysterectomy two years ago. They have made all the difference in keeping menopausal symptoms from having the upper hand. There is a lot of misinformation and scare stories about hormone replacement therapy, so I would recommend finding a supportive, well informed GP as a starter. Your doctor can help you can assess whether or not you are a good candidate for HRT and if you are, find the right one for you. You won't regret it!

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