Feeling isolated during menopause?

By Nutritional Therapist, Sarah Brereton


We have all got used to living differently, social distancing and for some, living in isolation
for long periods. Going through menopause in isolation is not recommended. We know
it’s important to talk to our doctor when unusual changes occur with our body, but we
can be embarrassed to open up to our friends and family, and this shouldn’t be the case.


For example, vaginal dryness, decreased libido, urinary incontinence, mood swings,
anxiety, fuzzy thinking are all symptoms that many women report when the menopause
transition hits, yet many women don’t tell anyone. Women need to seek support during
menopause and talk. We shouldn’t feel the need to try prove ourselves as superheroes
that can juggle everything and not complain.


Seeking support during menopause from our family and friends is just as important as
considering the many options for symptom relief. Let’s start with friends first – women
form strong bonds with other women starting in childhood. We do this by sharing our
most intimate feelings about our lives. Sharing your feelings, fears, and concerns with
your loved ones about menopause is one of the healthiest things you can do for
yourself. Chances are, they are going through it, too. The experience may not be exactly
the same, but you will receive the most important thing that will help you move through it,
which is support and sharing stories and experiences.


If sharing your feelings and experience with menopause feels intimidating to you, start
with someone you know is safe and will listen without judgment. This person may be a
family member, like a sister, or a best friend.


Many women have also reported to me that they are reluctant to share what they’re
going through with their partner. They report feeling embarrassed about mood swings,
particularly if their symptoms have affected sexual intimacy with their male partner.
Partners want to know what they can do to help. Many men feel powerless to help their
partners ease the discomfort from hot flushes, mood swings and sleep disturbances.
These are all natural symptoms and part of our transition from menopause to post
menopause.


It’s that knowing what to expect in menopause can in itself ease some of the discomfort
of the transition. We can carry negative connotations from this stage from our mother’s
and aunties and stories they have told us.


Some of the symptoms of the menopause are too often under recognised, undervalued
and not taken seriously. The psychological symptoms associated with the menopause
such as loss of self-confidence, low self-esteem, anxiety and low mood and can be the
ones that often affect women the most. We need to help each other through these
challenging times.


If you are looking for extra nutritional support during the menopause, consider
taking Cleanmarine MenoMin. This unique Omega 3, phytonutrient and vitamin blend is
rich in Omega-3 with Phospholipids, Vitamins B1, B2, B6, B12 and D3, as well as
Rosemary Extract, Soy Isoflavones, Folate and Biotin. With Vitamin B6 to help regulate
hormonal activity, biotin to help maintain normal mucous membranes, as well as Vitamin
B2 to reduce tiredness and fatigue and Vitamin D to help maintain healthy normal
bones.

Cleanmarine MenoMin has been formulated specifically to give extra nutritional
support for peri-menopausal and menopausal women. This synergistic formulation is
ideal for women approaching the menopause who want to feel good every day.

Cleanmarine MenoMin are a sponsor of the Menopause Success Summit 2021.

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