This Vacation Leave Your Menopausal Baggage Home!

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Around this time of year, we all start thinking about planning those summer vacations.  Most of us spend weeks and weeks preparing for our trips. We research, Google, Facebook and become all “aTwitter” about where to go, what to eat, what sites to see and what to wear.

Preparation for a Healthy Life Trip
On this year’s vacation, remember to put yourself on the top of your to-do list.  Spend some time getting your perimenopause and menopause ready to go on your trip so that you can have a great time. Begin by familiarizing yourself with the many symptoms of perimenopause and menopause. Start charting your symptoms with my handy Menopause Symptoms Chart, and find a Menopause Specialist with whom you can discuss these issues openly and honestly. Find hormone happiness before you leave! Act now!

Adjusting to the Weather
Hot flashes and night sweats are very common symptoms of perimenopause. On road trips, you may still be hot in twenty-degree air conditioning, and on airplanes, you have to try to aim that tiny spout right at your forehead to even get a whisper of relief. Traveling by plane, train or automobile, your body temperature isn’t as easy to control as an adjustable thermostat. Wouldn’t that be nice if we could just turn ourselves down a few degrees when needed?

Unless you’re going to Australia or either of the poles, you’re likely to remain hot on your summer vacation. Of course, your idea of an arctic vacation could be standing in front of an open refrigerator. If you’re in perimenopause, you’ve probably been in your own personal summer since the dead of winter. There’s nothing fun about waking up in a pool of sweat, and hot flashes and night sweats can make your beach vacation a little, um, swampy.

You can also try: acupuncture, yoga, meditation, reducing your alcohol intake and caffeine (especially before bed), cut back on spicy foods, and try a Mediterranean Diet to help reduce your weight.  Try to reduce stress. I usually recommend trying one thing a time to see what works best for you. Some women find help with black cohosh. You can find this ingredient in Remifemin. (No, I am not being paid to tell you about this product)

Speak to your menopause expert about systemic hormone therapy options which come in pill, skin patch, gel, cream or spray form. Many women find that this is the most effective treatment for relief of troublesome menopausal hot flashes and night sweats.

Spicing Up Your Getaway
When I first entered perimenopause, I was shocked by the fact that my vagina had taken its own personal trip to the Sahara Desert. It didn’t matter whether I was on my summer vacation – my vagina was dry, uncomfortable and sex was painful. Landing strip or not, there was certainly not going to be any visiting aircraft with me feeling the way I did! Vacations are about letting loose and enjoying your time away from responsibilities and daily stress, and a parched vagina makes you feel anything but sexy and amorous. There are lots of great options on the market for relieving the discomfort and bringing fun back to the bedroom (or wherever else the mood strikes you). It might be time for a lube job!

Local Estrogen Therapy (LET) can ease vaginal symptoms of menopause, such as dryness, itching, burning and discomfort with intercourse. LET can offer more long-term, ongoing relief. Some women need a combination of LET and lube. Speak openly and honestly with your menopause specialist and you can get the help you need!

Act now so that you can leave your menopausal baggage at home and enjoy your much needed vacation!

You deserve it!

Remember:  Suffering in silence is OUT!  Reaching out is IN.

For more great tips on how to find a menopause specialist and deal with menopause download my free ebook: MENOPAUSE MONDAYS  the Girlfriend’s Guide to Surviving and Thriving During Perimenopause and Menopause.    

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After struggling with her own severe menopause symptoms and doing years of research, Ellen resolved to share what she learned from experts and her own trial and error. Her goal was to replace the confusion, embarrassment, and symptoms millions of women go through–before, during, and after menopause–with the medically sound solutions she discovered. Her passion to become a “sister” and confidant to all women fueled Ellen’s first book, Shmirshky: the pursuit of hormone happiness. As a result of the overwhelming response from her burgeoning audiences and followers’ requests for empowering information they could trust, Ellen’s weekly blog, Menopause MondaysTM, was born.

  • Love it! You are so right that getting everything in order including your health is a huge thing to pack on your summer vacation.

    • We often forget to get our health organized before a trip. We worry about our hair, clothes, and skin…………but the inside is just as important!

  • Alexandra Scranton

    Great blog – with some great advice! So glad you brought up vaginal dryness – such a hassle for so many menopausal women! Lubricants are a great go-to for this problem, but there are some brands that may cause more problems than they solve. Women’s Voices for the Earth has a fact sheet on the potential hazards to look for in lubricants -and tips on finding one that is safer for your body. The fact sheet is available at: http://www.womensvoices.org/lubricants-womens-health/ Hope your readers find it useful too, Thanks for your great work!

    • Thank you for sharing the link, Alexandra! I am going to check it out.

  • The most fabulous advice, as always. I’m getting ready for 6 weeks of work and vacation travel, great tips.

    • How fantastic! Hope the work/play balance rounds out nicely for you. Enjoy!

  • Great tips for vacationing in menopause. The stress reduction is so important to enjoy yourself. Sometimes vacations are a lot of work until we take time to enjoy and smell the roses.

    • That is so true, Rebecca. Preparing for a vacation can be exhausting.

  • Estelle Sobel Erasmus

    As always, this is great advice for women!

    • Thx, Estelle. I Want to encourage women to become their own BEST health advocate.

  • RP

    Great advice! I’ve been planning to take my wife on a few long weekend trips this summer, She has been in perimenopause for a few years now and she can use the getaway. However, she is no longer interested in sex, her libido plummeted several years ago. I have been understanding and patient and do my best to accomodate her wishes, however… I am ‘starving’ for intimacy with her. My question is… is it fair, or feasible, to ask for sex, or initiate sex, while she’s still in the transition, or should I just wait until she’s actually IN the menopause?

    • You are very sweet to reach out for support on this. I would not wait. These issues usually do not get better on their own. It is best to sit down and speak openly and lovingly with your wife. Encourage her to find a good menopause specialist to help her through these menopausal years. A menopause specialist can determine the route cause of a crashing libido. Sometimes a crashing libido is a result of vaginal dryness that can be caused by plummeting hormones. This is easily fixed. It might be helpful for you and your wife to download my free eBook, MENOPAUSE MONDAYS The Girlfriends Guide to Surviving and Thriving During Perimenopause and Menopause. You can find it here: http://ellendolgen.com/menopause-book/

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