Whether you’re just entering menopause or you’ve been living with it for some time now, you’re probably familiar with one or more of these common symptoms: hot flashes, night sweats, fatigue, a less-than-glowing complexion, and lower libido. The good news is that certain lifestyle choices can empower you to experience menopause in a positive way and live your life to the fullest.
Here are six experts’ secrets on how to keep your cool, manage your weight, feel energized, preserve youthful skin, and have a better sex life as you age
1Hot Flashes: Try Yoga for Relief
Staying active is an effective way to deal with hot flashes, one of the most common symptoms of menopause, says Valerie Waddell, MD, assistant professor of ob/gyn at The Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus. “Exercise can provoke a hot flash because it does raise the body’s temperature, but it will also decrease the number of hot flashes that a woman has when she’s not exercising,” she explains. Try a form of exercise that you love, be it yoga, Pilates, or jogging. In addition, lowering room temperature can offer relief for night sweats, she says.
If these tricks don’t help, you may want to consider estrogen and non-estrogen therapy options. “When other measures don’t work, these can help alleviate the flashes,” says Everyday Health columnist Lauren Streicher, MD, clinical associate professor of ob/gyn at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, and author of Sex Rx: Hormones, Health, and Your Best Sex Ever.