Menopause offers a whole list of symptoms (over 30 and counting), and women have found different ways to deal with it. While curious and searching around for some answers, I came across 5 women who found the humor during menopause and were obliged to share their whacky endevours. Here are some tips, tricks and laughs for everyone preparing for menopause or have been there done that from 5 hillariously awesome women.
1. Hot flashes
Jutta is a 58 year-old Berliner with a lively personality, always finding reason to laugh and not take life so seriously. She is bohemian chic, wearing linen from head to toe to stay cool in this hot summer weather. “The hot flushes were the worst for me,” Jutta said. She couldn’t sleep sometimes and in the summer, felt like she was just out of commission when a flush came on.
“It hindered my outgoing nature a bit.”
Jutta found relief by wrapping ice packs around sensitive places on her body like the back of her neck, upper arms, thighs and belly. “I often used ice cubes but they were so messy.” Jutta finally stumbled across ice stones that are meant for cooling down scotch without watering it down because they are frozen stones rather than water. “Then, I was using them all over my body or in my drinks.”
2. Mood swings
Lucy is a 59-year-old woman who suffers from mood swings. I can attest to that because I’m her daughter. I would say she’s had it for longer, but she swears it’s just menopause;) She lives in California where she has legal and safe access to cannabis.
“I light up every once in a while, but mostly eat it in gummies or butter…my mood enhances greatly – wow! It’s like I’m on a planet of zen.”
Cannabis is a phytocannabinoid, which means it acts as a cannabinoid (a real chemical compound made in our bodies) and promotes or restores the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system (a big component that improves mood, pain and appetite) is in direct link with estrogen — and studies have shown that more cannabinoids support estrogen levels and greatly improves mood. “Works for me,” Lucy said, though, it may not always be the right choice for everyone which is why understanding your own hormone health is important!
3. Hair loss
Hair loss is associated with lack of estrogen which is inevitable during menopause. Lisa is a 62-year-old woman still actively walking and playing with her grandchildren like she is 20 years younger. She has aged well, looking young and feeling healthy, but she has undergone substantial hair loss. Though, she says, she used to care about her appearance, now she couldn’t give a f**k. She sports a bald head like Brittany brought it back in style. When Lisa wants to dress up a bit, however, she has taught herself to tie “a cute little headwrap” with her scarves.
“Now, being bald is not such a problem, but while I was in the process of losing hair, I started off with a comb over — which is really difficult to manage!”
Lisa moved on to hats before working up the nerve to wear something so eye-catching as the head scarves. “I turn heads,” she said, and girl, does she.
4. Lack of sleep
Insomnia. It’s not only affecting menopausal humans but infecting our stressed out, over-stimulated and hyperactive generations. Joan says she often suffered from lack of sleep during menopause. She first started taking siestas and scheduling in naps or found herself in need of an herbal insomnia cocktail.
“A bit of melatonin and magnesium and A LOT of valerian root. The only thing was, there was never going back! I had to be ready to shut down.”
Down the hatch!
Now that she is post-menopausal, Joan finds it easy to fall asleep but that her traditional night crawling habits were hard to break. “I just started doing things at night and usually really important things that needed my full attention like writing cards or mending clothes — I even read a whole book one night!” Though night walking had its perks, Joan found the lack of a normal sleep cycle straining her health. Sleep is one of the most important aspects of health as we actively regenerate and heal.
Catching up with Care, a 62-year-old who just recently came out as gender-neutral, is like chatting with an old friend. They are easy to be around and provide a comfortable and light-hearted atmosphere. “I didn’t always have this kind of energy,” Care said, “Menopause was difficult for me but I found a few quirks to get me through it.” For their energy level, Care would rely on coffee coffee coffee until they found it hard to sleep. They then switched to mate mate mate but realized that sugar was compromising adrenals just as much as caffeine.
“Eventually, I was just giving my cheeks a slap and pinching my underarms every so often to boost my energy level.”
Care found the energy loss uncontrollable and chose to try a high-fat diet. It worked wonders and Care found much more vigor – something they thought they lost – and started exercising every morning. “Just trudging up the stairs or making sure to incorporate an uphill into my morning walks helped give me even more energy.”