Achieve Balance With These Essential Oils for Menopause
Everything is fine, you’re going about your daily business and all of a sudden you feel hot. It’s not warm outside, but your heart starts to quicken, your hands become sweaty, and you need cool air in your face, like now.
You guessed it, hot flashes.
Menopause is a paradoxical event as it signifies the ending of your painful, heavy periods but also though lots of other body changes. There is no set time frame for when menopause will happen or how long the process will last. There is no fixed age for experiencing menopausal symptoms, but it generally appears in your late 40s or early 50s. In rare cases it may come earlier.
It is when you have no menstrual period for a year that you considered to be in menopause. However, changes have already started to happen long before this. Including the reduction of your ovary functioning years before you show signs of being coming menopausal.
While the age of menopause is generally genetically determined, things like smoking and chemotherapy can quicken the ovary reduction and lead to an early onset of y menopause.
Unfortunately it is not possible to determine how long you have to endure menopausal symptoms-it may end once you pass 12 months without periods or may persist for a few years later too.
It’s when your ovaries stop producing estrogens to slow down your reproductive hormones like progesterone that you experience menopausal signs. The absence of these hormones in your body means you stop getting your periods, and can no longer get pregnant.
While each woman experiences different menopause symptoms- some may experience few or no symptoms at all, while others may go through an extended period of various physical and psychological symptoms.
Where some women experience reduced bleeding, others have excessive bleeding or some may get more frequent menstrual periods. Yet still, some women will find that they come less often and farther apart.
This is one of the first signs that your body is changing, but there is no set time limit to complete your menopausal transition. There have been cases where some women have irregular periods for years before reaching menopause.
Oh yes, the dreaded hot flashes. These periods of unusual sudden warmth last from 30 seconds to several minutes, which may also be followed by perspiration. It’s not possible to predict when these hot flashes will occur or for how long. What a joy, I know.
Like above, some women experience these for up to 10 years. During this time, the severity of the feeling may wax and wane. On occasion, hot flashes are accompanied by night sweats. This is extra inconvenient because it may be difficult for you get comfortable enough to fall back asleep again.
Changes down there
You may also experience vaginal symptoms like vaginal drying, itching or irritation. It may also notice a bit of pain during sexual intercourse due to a thinner, drier, and less elastic vaginal lining tissue.
Urinary symptoms are a possibility. with an increase risk of urinary tract infections, the more frequent need to urinate, or urinary incontinence as the urethral lining also grows drier, thinner and less elastic.
Women in menopause may also experience cognitive or emotional symptoms like memory problems, irritability, fatigue, and frequent and rapid mood changes. When your hormones are changing, your body sometimes struggles to process what is going on and tries to adapt in a number of ways. While it’s will eventually find the ideal balance, the road there can be a roller-coaster of emotions.
Other possible physical changes are possible weight gain, and changes in the distribution of body fat- with more body fat in the waist and abdominal regions instead of hips and thighs. Wrinkles may also start developing, and some women may grow hair on the chin, abdomen, upper lip or chest because of small levels of testosterone in the body.
Who is prone to menopause?
For most women, when your reach a certain age, typically between 45 and 50, you will experience menopause. This is natural. It is the body’s way of saying it is no longer in it’s prime to bear children.
Thought there are some negative side affects that occur during this time, many women actually welcome it. It takes the question of having children away, and offers you a sort of closure for that period of your life. You are now free to move on to your golden years, to enjoy your children or grandchildren, as well as your time with your partner.
Keep in mind
Menopausal symptoms can also occurs for other reasons besides natural aging. You may experience sudden, and not gradual menopausal effects, if you surgically remove your ovaries. Even medical treatments like radiation and chemotherapy can lead to the sudden or early start of menopause.
How menopause affects your life
Menopause, both surgically and naturally occurring, leads to quite a few changes in a woman’s life because of hormonal changes. The principal, and most prominent change is a reduced sex drive. While it may not be a huge problem for you, your partner may feel the brunt of it, which in turn might affect your relationship.
Besides the dropped libido, there may be some relationship changes because of associated depression or health problems and the effects of some medications. There is a higher chance of developing health problems like heart disease, osteoporosis, and diabetes.
Changes in mental health occur, where you tend to forget things and go. Mood mood swings are also a prominent menopausal problem.
What to do
For your sake, comfort, and your relationship, it is a good option to look into relief and treatment possibilities. Most importantly, remember you’re not going through this alone. If you are having difficulty, find a friend, or forum of people to talk to for support, or to answer any questions you may be having. Remember to talk take the time to explain to your partner what you’re going through. This way they don’t feel confused and isolated, and you get the support and thoughtfulness you need.
The best treatment option for menopause is to follow a nutritious diet, take vitamin D and calcium supplements, practicing weight bearing exercises. It is also recommended to quit smoking and alcohol consumption. This will reduce the possibilities of osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, and bone fractures.
In addition to the general guidelines above, the following treatment options to help provide menopausal relief.
Creams and lubricants
Vaginal moisturizers, water-based lubricants, or low-dose estrogens creams help provide vaginal relief. Progestin IUDs and endometrial ablation help women suffering from large clots, heavy bleeding, and irregular menstrual cycles. It is a well known fact that hormonal IUDs lighten and shorten periods in many cases.
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT)
This therapy consists of taking estrogens, progesterone and in some cases even testosterone to reduce menopausal symptoms. Your doctor prescribes the lowest possible dose for as short a time as possible, to reduce the risks of illnesses like breast cancer, stroke, blood clots and myocardial infarction. While HRT helps tame hot flashes, avoiding spicy foods, alcohol and coffee also help as they are all considered ‘trigger foods’.
- increasing your water consumption
- extra doses of vitamin C
- avoiding bladder irritants like caffeine, alcohol, and spicy foods
- adding quality probiotics to your diet
Oils for menopause
In addition to the treatment options above, essential oils work effectively on a wide variety of symptoms to provide menopausal relief. Different essential oils help in different ways.
Essential oils for menopause
Lavender oil helps improve your mood and relaxes you. It also works to your sleep by helping you unwind from the day and calms the body. Perineum discomfort can be alleviated by adding a drop of diluted lavender oil to a cold compress.
Clary sage oil
Inhaling clary sage or rubbing a drop or two of its diluted oil on your back or feet helps provide hot flash relief. It’s also clinically proven that clary sage oil helps reduce depression and stress levels.
Peppermint oil too helps reduce the discomfort of hot flashes. Best used with a portable inhaler or diffuser and breathing in the vapors. It also reduces the pain and discomfort of dysmenorrhea.
As basil oil contains estrogen-like components, it helps your body adapt to changing estrogen levels. It improves your mood and also combats hot flashes. Simply apply the diluted oil on your feet or back of the neck.
Essential oil Recipes and Applications
There are several options for reaping the benefits of essential oils. Find the method that works for you best or change them up as you see fit.
- Make your own body moisturizer by mixing 5-8 drops of your chosen essential oil with a carrier oil like coconut or sweet almond oil. Rub on your skin twice or three times a day.
- You can also mix your favorite oil with a liquid carrier oil. Massage this blend into your skin or use as a bath oil.
- Another option is to place two drops of your chosen oil on your kerchief or some tissue paper and inhale its fragrance whenever you experience menopausal symptoms.
- Mix 2-10 drops of your chosen essential oil, with 2 ounces of purified water, and spray through your home for menopause ease. Alternatively, use a large room diffuser for constant and continued relief.