Day-to-Day Life with Menopause
From Kate Bracy, RN, NP, former About.com Guide
Staying Well and Comfortable
Some of the symptoms of menopause can be disruptive or uncomfortable. Some are temporary, and most of the rest are treatable or manageable. Make your menopause transition a healthy and comfortable phase -- one that prepares you to stay healthy long after the periods stop.
Midlife is full of stressful events. Not only are you coping with changing hormones, but increased demands may be stretching you farther than ever. Learning to manage stress can help with many menopausal symptoms, but it is also a skill that will prepare you for the roller coaster we call life.
Menopause can wear on even the best of relationships. Hormone changes are only part to blame, as all of the other stressors associated with this time in your life -- ailing parents, teenagers getting older, busy jobs -- can compound and take their toll on your connections, too. Here, strategies for staying close even when the menopause throws you a curve.