Menopause is one of the most dreaded transitions in a woman’s life… But are there ways to keep its symptoms under control?

My time has come, ladies and gentlemen. My baby-making possibilities are now coming to an end. The hot flushes have started, I’m getting palpitations and my mood swings are scaring my own family away.

What’s worse is that I’m actually scared. I had always assumed this day would come, but I had never thought about how I’d deal with it… So, as per usual, I’ve turned to the experts to find out.

Keeping stress at bay: Hormones are affected by how much we’re stressing, and that’s the last thing we need when our ovaries have decreased the production of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. So, I’ve made it a point to take some time off anything that’s stressful and to have swearing sessions in the privacy of my own home to deal with anything that bugs me.

Changing our diet: Symptoms of menopause are triggered by certain foods and drinks, including caffeine, sugar, alcohol and spicy foods. So now, instead of having an Indian, I’m having a velvety carbonara, and, instead of getting drunk, I’m reading the news and of course, laughing till I’m giddy.

Updating the vitamin regime: When you’re – Oh God – middle aged (just give me two minutes while I deal with this), the vitamins required are different to those needed when you’re in your 20s. We now need more Vitamin E, Folic Acid, Vitamin B6, Calcium, Vitamin D, Vitamin C and Omega 3 to stay healthy. Needless to say, the health shop close to my house is very happy with their new customer.

Exercise more: Why is it that, no matter what the problem seems to be, exercise helps? Couldn’t it have been eating more burgers or something? Well, no. But, at least, exercising releases endorphins. This makes us happier and also helps us to maintain a good, healthy heart rate. Exercise will also help us to stay as skinny as possible but maybe not so skinny as many actresses and supermodels.



Update your beauty regime: Menopause can have a major effect on how you look, so start combating its signs as early as possible. Get rid of soap and gel cleansers and move over to the cream-based cleansers that help keep your skin supple. Moreover, it’s now time to go out and buy a good moisturiser. The rule for this is: the more you spend, the better it will be… Well, that’s my theory and I’m sticking to it. Also, drink lots and lots of water, as it helps hydrate your skin.

So, there you have it – the five things helping me stay sane while I deal with menopause.  Let me know if they work for you too!

Oh… and I think the fact that my sex drive is still very high is something that’s making me feel better too… wink wink.

What other advice can you give our readers to help them deal with menopause?