The Big Change

Take a deep dive into your symptoms and find the right products to keep you afloat.
Disrupted Sleeping
How is this related to menopause?

Starting in early menopause, some women experience sleeplessness. Night sweats as well as disturbances by noise and light can all contribute to disrupted sleep. *3

What can you do?

Reduce nighttime disruptions with sleep masks and earplugs, so once you fall asleep, you stay asleep.

Hot Flashes
How is this related to menopause?

As many as 75% of women experience hot flashes in menopause—a rapid, spontaneous feeling of warmth that can cause profuse perspiration.

During a hot flash, your brain mistakenly senses that your body is too warm and sends a signal to cool you down immediately. Your blood vessels expand, causing you to sweat. Some women may also experience a flushed, red look.*4

What can you do?

Doctors are still trying to find the exact cause of hot flashes. But you can take additional measures to stay cool: turn down the thermostat, use cool wicking fabrics for clothes and sheets, turn on a fan, and have cold water available.

Fatigue
How is this related to menopause?

Some women experience sleep disturbances around the time of menopause. In general, both women and men report less restful sleep as they get older. In addition, sleep disturbances caused by night sweats can also cause fatigue.

Most adults require 6-9 hours of sleep each night. You know you are getting enough sleep if you can function in an alert state during your desired waking hours. Growing evidence shows how important sleep is for good health and daytime functioning.*5

What can you do?

Be mindful of and address factors that can interfere with restful sleep, like stress, feeling anxious, and night sweats.

Adopt good sleep hygiene—follow a regular sleep schedule, stay cool at night, use a sleep mask and earplugs, and get regular exercise, and try relaxation techniques, just to name a few.

Weight Gain
How is this related to menopause?

The hormonal changes of menopause combined with the slower metabolism associated with general aging may cause your body to carry weight differently.*6

What can you do?

Talk with your doctor, nutritionist, or dietician about how to eat a healthy, varied diet to get the nutrition you need and maintain a healthy weight.

Mood Swings
How is this related to menopause?

Changes in estrogen levels during “the change” can make our emotions unpredictable, which can leave us feeling weepy, angry, anxious or stressed.*7

You’re not imagining things and you’re definitely not alone—nearly 1 in 4 of all women in early menopause have experienced mood swings to some degree.*7

What can you do?

Prioritize taking the time to take care of yourself! A few minutes of YOU time can go a long way in making you feel cool, calm, and collected.

Night Sweats
How is this related to menopause?

Night sweats are menopausal hot flashes that happen in your sleep. Night sweats occur when your brain mistakenly senses that your body is too warm and sends a signal to cool you down immediately. Your blood vessels expand, giving off extra heat. Your blood vessels expand, causing you to sweat. Even if the hot flash doesn’t wake you, being drenched with sweat and the associated cold chill that follows often does.*8

What can you do?

Doctors are still trying to find the exact cause of night sweats. But you can take additional measures to stay cool: turn down the thermostat, use cool wicking fabrics for clothes and sheets, turn on a fan, and have cold water available.

Brain Fog
How is this related to menopause?

Starting with the onset of menopause, some women find it harder to concentrate and have trouble remembering things. Although memory and mental abilities naturally change with age, the stress and sleeplessness associated with menopause can affect overall brain function.*9

What can you do?

Talk to your doctor if you have any concerns about memory issues or declining mental performance.

Feeling Sad or Anxious
How is this related to menopause?

If you’re feeling a little more down in the dumps or hyper-stressed when dealing with everyday things, you’re not alone. In fact, nearly 1 in 4 women in menopause are in the same boat.

Menopause often occurs during a time in our lives when we may be facing other major transitions like retirement or career changes, divorce, caring for aging parents, or empty-nesting. (Or reverse empty-nesting if your adult child returns home.)

The hormonal changes and mood swings caused by menopause can make facing these challenges feel even more difficult and leave you feeling sad or anxious.*10

What can you do?

Talk to your doctor about any concerns you have about feeling sad or anxious.

Lower Sex Drive
How is this related to menopause?

Vaginal dryness, hormonal changes, stress, fatigue, and disrupted sleep associated with menopause can all interfere with libido.*11

What can you do?

Take the time to consider what a healthy, satisfying sex life would be for you—whether that’s with a partner or without.

Vaginal Dryness
How is this related to menopause?

The loss of estrogen during menopause can cause vaginal skin—both inside and outside—to become thinner, drier, less elastic, and more fragile.

The vagina will often feel drier than before menopause. In fact, many women experience discomfort when wiping, walking, or even sitting and other everyday activities.*12

What can you do?

Search for products specifically formulated to relieve and improve vaginal dryness.

Irritability
How is this related to menopause?

Changes in estrogen levels during “the change” can make our emotions unpredictable, which can leave us feeling weepy, angry, anxious or stressed.*13. You’re not imagining things and you’re definitely not alone—nearly 1 in 4 of all women in early menopause have experienced mood swings to some degree.*13

What can you do?

Try to focus on small ways to improve your overall health and well-being. Making time for relaxation can help you manage stress.

Skin Dryness
How is this related to menopause?

During menopause women may feel like their skin is drier than ever. That’s all thanks to loss of estrogen, which also causes us to lose collagen in our skin. These decreased collagen levels can cause our skin to sag and feel dry and flaky, day after day.*14 The result? You may notice that your favorite lotion is no longer working like it used to.

What can you do?

Find products designed with the special needs of menopausal skin in mind.

Apply lotion after bathing, showering, or washing your hands to help skin stay hydrated and more resistant to damage.

Sensitive Bladder
How is this related to menopause?

As we age, the muscles supporting our bladders weaken, making it more difficult to ‘hold it in.’ Small jostles from everyday activities like coughing, sneezing, laughing, and walking can lead to accidental leakages—a common complaint for 50% of women in early menopause. In post-menopause, when our bladder function tends to decline, some women also experience sudden urges to go to the bathroom which can lead to more accidental leakages.*15

What can you do?

Talk to your doctor about your bladder. They can help diagnose your specific concerns and craft a personal treatment plan from the variety of options currently available.

The good news? Treatment can greatly reduce or even cure the problem. So feel free to laugh and sneeze and jog without worrying.

Thinning Hair/Change In Texture
How is this related to menopause?

During menopause, women may experience changes in hair texture. As our estrogen and progesterone levels decline, the health of our hair also declines—hair can become thinner and more brittle, resulting in overall hair loss and lackluster locks.*16

What can you do?

Take care of your hair inside and out. Eat a healthy nutritious diet, and use nourishing or strengthening shampoos and conditioners that are gentle on brittle hair to prevent breakage.

You might also want to avoid harsh chemical styling products as they can make hair even more fragile.

Painful Sex
How is this related to menopause?

During menopause, the loss of estrogen, can cause vaginal skin—both inside and out—to become thinner, drier, less elastic, and more fragile. As we age, vaginal moisture diminishes, resulting in less lubrication.

This combination of fragile skin and decreased lubrication increases the likelihood of the vagina tearing or bleeding during sex.*17 No wonder many menopausal women say sex is less pleasurable or even intolerable.

What can you do?

Talk to your doctor about any pain or discomfort you are experiencing.

Take the time to consider what a healthy, satisfying sex life would be for you—whether that’s with a partner or without.

Irregular Periods
How is this related to menopause?

A normal menstrual cycle lasts 28 days, plus or minus seven days. A period is considered irregular if it occurs more frequently than every 21 days or lasts longer than 8 days.

A few women simply stop menstruating one day and never have another period. However, about 90% of women experience 4-8 years of menstrual cycle changes before periods are gone for good.*18

What can you do?

Talk to your doctor about any changes in your menstrual cycle. They can help you figure out if you are experiencing irregular periods that are part of a normal, healthy progression through menopause.

*THESE STATEMENTS HAVE NOT BEEN EVALUATED BY THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION. THIS PRODUCT IS NOT INTENDED TO DIAGNOSE, TREAT, CURE, OR PREVENT ANY DISEASE.

Source:
3. NAMS (The North American Menopause Society). The Menopause Guidebook. 8th edition; page 34.
4. NAMS (The North American Menopause Society). The Menopause Guidebook. 8th edition; pages 11, 20.
5. NAMS (The North American Menopause Society). The Menopause Guidebook. 8th edition; page 11, 34
6. NAMS (The North American Menopause Society). The Menopause Guidebook. 8th edition; page 31.
7. NAMS (The North American Menopause Society). The Menopause Guidebook. 8th edition; page 34, 37.
8. NAMS (The North American Menopause Society). The Menopause Guidebook. 8th edition; page 11.
9. NAMS (The North American Menopause Society). The Menopause Guidebook. 8th edition; page 36.
10. NAMS (The North American Menopause Society). The Menopause Guidebook. 8th edition; pages 37, 38.
11. NAMS (The North American Menopause Society). The Menopause Guidebook. 8th edition; page 31-33.
12. NAMS (The North American Menopause Society). The Menopause Guidebook. 8th edition; pages 12, 25.
13. NAMS (The North American Menopause Society). The Menopause Guidebook. 8th edition; page 37.
14. NAMS (The North American Menopause Society). The Menopause Guidebook. 8th edition; page 40.
15. NAMS (The North American Menopause Society). The Menopause Guidebook. 8th edition; page 14.
16. NAMS (The North American Menopause Society). The Menopause Guidebook. 8th edition; page 41.
17. NAMS (The North American Menopause Society). The Menopause Guidebook. 8th edition; page 12.
18. NAMS (The North American Menopause Society). The Menopause Guidebook. 8th edition; pages 9-10.

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