Head off Headaches
Migraines can get worse at or around the time of menopause, or show up for the first time. Keep a diary to see what seems to trigger them and if they show up along with hot flashes. That way you can take steps to lessen them.
Eating small meals through the day can help if hunger is a headache trigger. A change in your sleep schedule may also be a trigger, so try to keep to the same schedule every night. Treatments vary. Some can prevent migraines. Others may make them less frequent or severe. Talk with your doctor.
Nurture that Lost Desire
Make more time for sex. Try massage and foreplay, too. Use erotica and new-for-you sex routines as ways to build desire. Hormone changes are a main cause, but other things that zap your sex drive can strike at the same time. Ask your doctor about poor sleep, bladder trouble, or feeling depressed or stressed.
Mood Highs and Lows
It’s like PMS, only amped up — crying jags, happy happies, cranky crankies. These are common for women around the time of menopause. And if you had bad PMS, the hormonal changes that happen during this time may cause even bigger mood swings. Yoga and tai chi can help here, too. So can doing fun things with friends or family. Your doctor may suggest a low-dose birth control pill, antidepressants, and alternative treatments for mood changes.
When Hair Goes Down the Drain
Hair can thin or shed faster around the time of menopause. At the same time, it may show up where you don’t want it — on your chin and cheeks. To save what you have, switch to coloring products that don’t have harsh chemicals. Avoid the sun, which is drying. Got unwanted facial hair? Ask a skin doctor for advice to help wax, bleach, pluck, or zap it away.
You expect to have acne in your teens but not in your 50s. Surprise: it’s common around menopause, too. Make sure your moisturizer, sunscreen, cleanser, and other face products are gentle. Look for the words “oil free,” “won’t clog pores,” “noncomedogenic,” and “non-acnegenic” Even tough cases can clear with time and a doctor’s help.