Written by Marialma Team

Menopause is a defining moment in women’s lives and is an inevitable event, which occurs due to the depletion of the ovules and the consequent end of the ovulatory (menstrual) cycles. So, today we are going to tell you all about the effects of menopause on your body and give you some special tips. Ready? Scroll down!

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First things first, let’s find out which are the phases of the reproductive cycle:

MENARCHE – is the first menstruation of a woman’s life;

PREMENOPAUSE – is the period from 3 to 7 years before menopause, which means this is the last 3 to 7 years of fertile age (the phase that begins the climacteric);

MENOPAUSE – is the last menstruation in a woman’s life;

POST-MENOPAUSE – is the period that begins after the last menstruation, which means, after the menopause;

CLIMACTERIC – is the period that encompasses premenopausal and the early postmenopausal years.

It is during the climacteric that a woman’s body undergoes a series of physiological changes that can affect her quality of life. So, let’s find out all about the effects of menopause!

Reduction in Estrogen Levels

Low estrogen levels can cause a range of symptoms like irregular menstrual cycles marked by hormonal fluctuations that are often accompanied by hot flashes, sleep disturbances, mood swings, hair loss, dry skin, and vaginal dryness.

In addition, changes in body fat and loss of bone mass are typical. It is easier to gain weight with fewer calories, and the body starts to have a pattern of fat accumulation more like men, with more fat deposition in the belly and around the waist.

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Heat Waves

The waves of heat occur in more than 80% of women. The heat sensation lasts for two to four minutes, and it is often associated with abundant sweating and, occasionally, palpitations. Chills, tremors, and a feeling of anxiety are also common.

Heat waves are one of the most common effects of menopause. It happens more frequently at night, causing intense sweating during the sleep period. In many cases, these hot flashes hamper sleep and exacerbate the symptoms of fatigue and irritation.

Marialma’s tips: A poorly ventilated room and slightly breathable sheets can help to aggravate the nighttime hot flashes. If you’re looking for luxury bed sheets that are always fresh, click HERE to get yours!

Insomnia

Many premenopausal women have difficulty sleeping even in the absence of hot flashes. Insomnia can occur up to 7 years before menopause and usually worsens in the last year of premenopausal. Anxious or depressed women tend to be those with more difficulty in sleeping.

Dry skin

The reduction in estrogen levels is also related to a drop in the production of collagen, which is the substance that keeps our skin firm and looking good.

Therefore, when the production of collagen is changed, the skin becomes thinner, drier, scalier and less youthful. Dryness of the skin can cause itching, which in some cases can be quite uncomfortable.

Marialma’s tips: Luckily for you, MARIALMA® offers luxury bed sheets that will help you to complement any skin treatment and reduce the effects of menopause. How? Thanks to the zinc component in MARIALMA® Sensitive Zinc, which helps in reducing pruritus caused by the dry skin, and the vitamins and amino acids in the MARIALMA® Cosmetic Algae.

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Finally, we would like to give you some last tips to make your menopause a little easier:

  • Eat healthily: avoid large meals, especially before bedtime;
  • Drink more water to keep your skin hydrated and make it look healthier;
  • Avoid nicotine, caffeine, and alcohol;
  • Dress in lightweight clothes to improve sleep efficiency. Avoid heavy, insulating blankets and consider using fresh bed sheets;
  • Reduce stress and worry, as much as possible.

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