As women, we are used to taking care of others. We prioritize our partners, our children, our parents, and our friends. We put ourselves last on the list, often neglecting our own needs and well-being. However, when it comes to premenopause, it's crucial that we prioritize our own health and seek out proper management for our symptoms.
Premenopause is a transitional phase that occurs in women's lives before menopause. It's characterized by hormonal changes that can cause a range of symptoms, such as irregular periods, hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, vaginal dryness, and more. These symptoms can have a significant impact on our daily lives, affecting our work, relationships, and overall quality of life.
Unfortunately, many women suffer in silence and don't seek out proper management for their premenopausal symptoms. They may think that it's just a normal part of aging and that they should tough it out. Or they may be too busy taking care of others to prioritize their own health. But the truth is, neglecting our own needs during premenopause can have serious consequences.
For one, untreated premenopausal symptoms can lead to chronic health problems down the road. For example, women who experience hot flashes and night sweats during premenopause may be at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis. Vaginal dryness and other genital symptoms can also lead to painful intercourse, which can affect our sexual health and intimacy.
Additionally, premenopausal symptoms can affect our mental health and well-being. Mood swings, irritability, and anxiety can all impact our relationships with others and our own self-esteem. We may feel like we're not ourselves and struggle to find joy in our daily lives.
That's why it's so important to prioritize our own health and seek out proper management for our premenopausal symptoms. At Adair Clinic, Kris Adair, FNP-BC, family nurse practitioner, can help women navigate the complex world of premenopause and find a treatment plan that works for them. She can provide education on lifestyle changes that can alleviate symptoms, such as diet, exercise, and stress management. She can also prescribe medication or hormone therapy when necessary.
But the first step is recognizing that we deserve to prioritize our own health during premenopause. We need to give ourselves permission to take care of ourselves and seek out proper management for our symptoms. We need to advocate for our own health and well-being, just as we would for our loved ones.
So, if you're experiencing premenopausal symptoms, don't wait until it's too late. Don't suffer in silence. Contact Adair Clinic and schedule an appointment with Kris Adair, FNP-BC, family nurse practitioner. She can help you navigate this transitional phase of life with grace and ease, so that you can continue to prioritize the people and activities that bring you joy.