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Stages of Menopause

Menopause is the common term for what’s actually two different stages: perimenopause and postmenopause. Women who know when to expect each stage and what symptoms to look for are well equipped to handle menopause. Avoid surprises and prepare for menopause with help from Relizen.

How Symptoms Evolve During Menopause Stages 

As menopause progresses, symptoms may seem to occur in waves, with some symptoms carrying over from one stage to the next. Menopause can be broken out into two phases: first, perimenopause, and second, postmenopause. Since all women are unique, they should expect different symptoms from those of their friends or family members who are about the same age. Additionally, frequency and severity of menopause symptoms can change over time. This depends on many factors, some out of our control and others not.

Perimenopause

Perimenopause begins three to five years before menopause. Irregular periods are a good sign you’re entering perimenopause. You may notice an unpredictable or heavy flow, spotting or completely missed cycles. You may

also experience menopause symptoms such as hot flashes, insomnia, fatigue and more. Women will continue to have PMS symptoms such as cramps during perimenopause. As your body produces less reproductive hormones and you near menopause, the symptoms associated with menopause will last longer and become more severe, while the PMS symptoms are likely to begin fading out.

Postmenopause

Postmenopause begins once you’ve stopped having regular periods for at least one full year. Symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats become more intense and last longer during menopause. Expect to see the most severe symptoms during this stage, including breast tenderness, decreased libido, insomnia, mood swings and vaginal dryness. While these symptoms may seem alarming, knowing what to expect will reduce the surprise and anxiety these symptoms may induce if you’re not informed. Remember that your body is doing what it’s designed to do and this process is healthy and natural.

Women should talk to their doctors about this stage of menopause and monitor their health closely. Due to the significant decrease in reproductive hormones when they’re postmenopausal, women are much more at risk of certain health conditions such as osteoporosis and heart disease. Smoking, drinking, and eating a diet high in salt, sugar and fat puts women more at risk of these health complications. Even if postmenopausal women lead a healthy lifestyle, they still may experience bleeding, which is rare and usually nothing to be concerned about. However, if you do experience postmenopausal bleeding, speak with your doctor.

Managing Menopause Symptoms

Many women successfully manage menopause symptoms through every stage by eating a nutritious diet, getting plenty of sleep and exercise, and taking time to relax. Even so, it’s always a great idea to establish a support network of other women your age to talk about your symptoms, tell stories and share advice. It’s a helpful reminder, when hot flashes or other symptoms keep you awake, that you’re not alone.

If your menopause symptoms are hindering your day-to-day activities, Relizen can help. Relizen is a safe, effective non-hormonal treatment that has been shown to reduce hot flashes and other menopause symptoms. Learn more about women’s health and how you can manage menopause symptoms on the Relizen blog.

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Plant-Based Help for Hot Flashes

Are your hot flashes driving you crazy? Before you strip down and head for the nearest cold shower, let Relizen help!

Hot flashes are a normal symptom of menopause, and almost all women experience them. While experts can’t agree about why hot flashes happen, they’re likely a symptom of decreased estrogen production. Although hot flashes are uncomfortable and can keep you up at night or distract you from work, they aren’t dangerous. But who wants to suddenly feel like they walked into a pizza oven at a work meeting? Some women’s hot flashes are more severe than others, but everyone wants relief.

Relizen wants to help women manage their hot flash symptoms. That’s why we’re here to share safe remedies that can reduce the duration, severity and frequency of hot flashes.

Best Remedies for Hot Flashes
  • Breathing and stress reduction: Using your own body to manage hot flash symptoms is as natural as it gets. During hot flashes, take deep, slow breaths to calm yourself. Reducing anxiety and stress is key to minimizing menopause
  • Loose-fitting clothing: Say goodbye to tight jeans and blouses. Loose clothing made of natural fibers breaths well and won’t hold in
  • Daily exercise: Even if it’s just a short walk, frequent exercise and fresh air can reduce hot flashes and other menopause
Managing Hot Flash Symptoms

Managing hot flash symptoms starts with a healthy lifestyle, plenty of sleep and adequate hydration are all important to help the body during menopause. The best part is all these healthy habits are good for your mental and overall health too. Don’t manage menopause symptoms with dread! Use this time to develop healthy habits so you can live a long, healthy life.

Remember: Once you’re postmenopausal, you can expect the hot flash symptoms to significantly reduce, especially if you continue those healthy eating habits.

Help When You Need It

Sometimes hot flashes are unbearable, no matter what you do. We understand and are here to help. The safe, non-hormonal treatment Relizen can help women reduce and manage hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause. The plant-based treatment is made from a Swedish pollen extract and is both safe and effective. Try Relizen today to take control of your hot flashes.

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Drop It Like It’s Hot | Managing Hot Flashes

Hot flashes are a common symptom of menopause that leaves many women scrambling for help in the heat of the moment, literally. Yes, hot flashes are not the most fun. Before you strip down in desperation, let us help.

No one knows exactly why hot flashes happen, but they’re likely a result of the drop in a woman’s reproductive hormones as she enters menopause. They’re a mystery, but they’re an issue. Keep reading to learn the 10 tricks that will help you manage your hot flashes.

How Long Do Hot Flashes Last?

A hot flash can last anywhere from 30 seconds to 10 minutes. Women can expect to experience hot flashes as early as 10 years before they enter menopause, and they can continue during postmenopause. But the average woman begins to have hot flashes one year before she enters menopause and experiences them for about 10 years after that.

How to Manage Hot Flashes

Manage your hot flashes in the moment with these quick and easy tips:

  • Sip a cold drink.
  • Take deep breaths.
  • Take off clothing layers.
  • Put on looser clothing.
  • Sit in front of a fan or in air conditioning.
  • Place a cool cloth on your neck/forehead. (Use cold water or even a sports cooling towel.)
  • Stop eating/drinking a possible trigger substance (e.g., spicy food or alcohol)
  • Think positively. (Anxiety can make it worse.)
  • Relax or lie down.
  • Move out of direct sunlight.

Depending on where you are, some of these remedies aren’t always possible. The most important steps you can take during a hot flash are taking deep breaths and reminding yourself that it’s only temporary. Getting anxious and worried will make hot flashes worse. Oh, the joys of being a woman.

Need Help Managing Hot Flash Symptoms?

Severe hot flashes can interfere with your lifestyle. Consider using safe, effective, and non-hormonal Relizen to help manage hot flash symptoms. Keep your cool with help from Relizen.

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How Long Do Menopause Symptoms Last?

 Wondering how long those uncomfortable menopause symptoms will stick around? Fear not! Menopause isn’t forever. But how long does menopause last? The answer depends on what stage of menopause you’re in along with many other variables.

If you’re looking for the light at the end of the tunnel, we can help! Read on to get an idea of how long each menopause stage lasts and what you can do to make it a more positive experience.

Duration of Each Menopause Stage

Unfortunately, there is no hard and fast answer to this question. Due to the differences in women’s bodies, lifestyles, and genetics, no one can provide a number that is accurate for everyone’s menopause experience. Women should look at their family history to get an idea of when, and for how long, to expect menopause symptoms.

How Long Does Perimenopause Last?

Unless you enter premature menopause, perimenopause is the first stage of menopause for most women. Perimenopause typically lasts about four years, but the duration can vary. For some women, perimenopause lasts only a few months and transitions into menopause; for others, perimenopause can last for 10 years before they enter true menopause. It’s no wonder that some women feel like they endure menopause for much longer than is usual! You can expect irregular periods, spotting and other symptoms during the perimenopause stage. These symptoms will most likely become more noticeable the closer you get to menopause.

How Long Does Menopause Last?

Women enter postmenopause, more commonly referred to as menopause, once they’ve gone 12 months without menstruating. Typically, women experience the most severe menopause symptoms when postmenopause begins, such as hot flashes, mood swings, vaginal dryness and more, but these symptoms fade with time.

Women who reach this stage will be postmenopausal for the rest of their lives, but this isn’t bad news. It’s simply the stage that indicates your body has stopped producing reproductive hormones. You can expect hot flashes, mood swings and other menopause symptoms to gradually fade and eventually disappear.

What Factors Affect the Duration of Menopause?

Unfortunately, you can’t avoid menopause, but there are many things you can do to ease the symptoms and make it a more positive experience. Simple lifestyle choices such as eating a healthy diet, avoiding cigarettes and alcohol, and getting regular exercise will do wonders.

Not only will healthy habits alleviate symptoms; they will also have a positive effect in other areas of your life. Women should prioritize their mental health as well: Get plenty of sleep, get that massage and avoid stress to reduce menopause symptoms and emotional strain. A support network can also help women during menopause; find friends to share this experience with – remember you’re not alone, even if it feels like it sometimes.

Embrace Change 

Simply changing your outlook and state of mind will help you reduce the stress and anxiety that can aggravate or prolong menopause symptoms. Menopause is simply your body doing what it is designed to do. There is no way around it, and once you accept that and embrace this change, you’re already one step ahead.

You’re growing older – gathering wisdom that helps you make a roadmap for the future. Take that trip, spend time with the kids (or grandkids) and live the life you’ve always imagined.

Reframing menopause in this positive light will help you look at menopause not as a condition you must endure but simply as a reminder that you’re always able to grow and change.

Help When You Need It

Everyone could use some help along the way. Find relief with Relizen, an effective solution for women who want to reduce hot flashes and other menopause symptoms. Feel good and be healthy with Relizen.

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Menopause is a big change in any woman’s life, especially when it comes to dealing with symptoms like hot flashes or mood swings. Fortunately, it’s possible to make small changes to help better handle these symptoms.

Maintaining a healthy diet and regular exercise during menopause will help alleviate many of the symptoms typically associated with menopause. According to a report by CNN, women who exercise less than three times a week are 28% more likely to report having severe menopause symptoms than those who exercise more often. Exercise also helps prevent the onset of weight gain, a common symptom of menopause, and help to reduce stress and boost your mood, too.

Strength Training and Menopause 

As women age, we naturally lose muscle mass and experience a decline in bone density. Because of this, it’s important to eat a protein-rich diet to help maintain healthy bones and muscles. According to Human Kinetics, weight training can actually increase bone density and have been shown to reduce the risk of adult-onset diabetes, lower blood pressure, decrease arthritic pain, maintain lower back health, and to help you maintain a healthy weight.

As you begin strength training, you don’t need to jump into any crazy bodybuilding routine! Even incorporating 3-5 pound weights into your daily walk or yoga routine can help improve muscle mass and bone density without making you feel like you’ve exhausted your energy in the process.

Menopause and Pelvic Floor Exercises

Shifting levels of hormones can cause muscles in the pelvic floor to lose some of their elasticity and strength. Engaging your pelvic floor with Kegel exercises and certain stretches can help to strengthen the pelvic floor and to reduce the severity of urinary incontinence that some women experience during menopause. Laying on your back on the floor and slowly tilting the pelvis upward, vertebrae by vertebrae, is a great way to work with those hard-to-reach muscles.

Yoga for Menopause

Many women find that yoga helps reduce the severity of many symptoms associated with menopause, such as night sweats, exhaustion, stress, weight gain, or irritability. With a good yoga practice, you can become more aware of your breath and your body in relation to each other, and help alleviate back pain and other aches and pains.

Regular stretching and light exercise decreases the risk of obesity and chronic pain that many people experience with age. Yoga is a great way to maintain blood pressure, circulation, and flexibility.

Bridge pose, forward fold or half forward fold, and downward dog are all restorative yoga poses that help to reduce stress, increase flexibility, and get your blood flowing. Inversions like plow pose and supported shoulder stand are good for right before bedtime, as they can aid in sleep. Some studies even show that these inversions can combat the effects of sleep deprivation.

Laying on your back with your legs elevated is a more restful inversion method that delivers the same benefits. Next time you can’t sleep because of hot flashes or other symptoms of menopause, take a deep breath and stretch out into a restorative yoga pose.

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