Be Well: Natural Remedies for Menopausal Symptoms
If you’re in your late 40s to early 50s and meeting your lady friends for lunch, brunch, or happy hour, I suspect your conversation will go something like this:
You [taking off your down puffy coat]: Why do we live here? My face is numb.
Friend Number 1: Let me loan you my hot flash and you’ll warm right up. I was cold for about 2 minutes until I sat down here and took a sip of wine. Then whoosh. Am I flushing? My neck feels hot.
Friend Number 2 (taking a sip of ice water): At least you can drink wine, if I do I get a migraine. Does anyone want to split a bottle of bubble water?
You: I’ll share the bubble water! I’ll also have a glass of wine, and a cup of coffee, because I woke up at 3 am and couldn’t fall back asleep. If you want me to actually participate in this conversation, I need caffeine to offset the wine. I call it balance. Where’s the restroom?
Friend Number 1: What are we eating? I know the brussels here are amazing, but I’ve decided I can’t deal with the post-brussels lady bloat.
Friend Number 2: Is that what we’re calling it now? Lady bloat? I’m down for that. I have no idea what’s causing mine, it seems to be any food. Last week my nephew asked me if there’s a baby in my tummy. I told him I was too tired to have another baby. I laughed but my sister was mortified.
You: Have either of you talked to a professional about flushing or lady bloat? Because I suspect it doesn’t need to be quite this bad…
But really, who can you talk to? Who understands? And are there any try-at-home fixes to offset some of these symptoms?
Read the full article from Minneapolis.St.Paul Magazine’s Be Well online here.