Sabemos lo que es la menopausia, pero 驴has o铆do hablar del climaterio?

We know what menopause is, but have you heard of the climacteric?

by Ruth Alonso on Jun 14, 2023

You are 48 years old, your periods are no longer as regular, you don't sleep as well as before, you are irritable... What is happening to you? Possibly you are reaching what is known as perimenopause or climacteric.

And there are 3 very characteristic symptoms of reaching this stage:
  • Change in character: you cry over unimportant things, you are more irritable and more nervous.
  • Problems sleeping well: The dream transforms, it becomes more superficial and you wake up at night.
  • Hot flashes: Sudden feeling of internal heat, which causes redness and sweating, often at night, making it more difficult to sleep.

Climaterium: what happens to us?

Perimenopause or climacteric is a transition phase before definitively reaching menopause , a new stage of our life that we must know how to enjoy to the fullest.
During the climacteric our hormonal gland begins to stop working and little by little we generate less estrogen and progesterone.
It is important to know that we have estrogen receptors throughout the body: skin, cartilage, bones, blood vessels or brain; And that is why it can cause very diverse symptoms both physically and emotionally .
The most common emotional symptoms, caused by the lack of estrogen in the brain, are:feeling restless, not sleeping well, being irritable or experiencing hot flashes.
We have heard many about physical symptoms, but there is one that has been talked about a lot lately and that is the loss of muscle mass. As a consequence of the drop in estrogen we undergo a transformation in our body composition: our basal metabolism decreases and thus we lose less fat and generate less muscle.Or what is the same, it happens to us that we eat the same thing as before and we gain weight.
That is why it is so important to take much more care of our diet, while training strength, which will help us maintain our muscle.
Another physical symptom that perhaps is not talked about too much is dryness of both tissues and mucous membranes.
Our skin is drier, less hydrated, less smooth, but what happens to our mucous membranes? We also notice dryness, for example in our eyes, but especially in our vagina, we suffer from vaginal dryness .

Vaginal dryness:

It is a very common discomfort, it affects 40% of women, and it begins to appear during the climacteric.

Like the rest of the symptoms, it is linked to a lack of estrogen, which in this case causes genital atrophy. This atrophy can cause irritation, itching in the vagina, and dryness or decreased lubrication, causing pain during sexual intercourse.

All these symptoms that, if they begin with the climacteric, are much more evident in menopause. And although totally linked to a hormonal decrease, that is to say that we cannot prevent them from happening, we can try to minimize them.

First of all it is important聽聽 follow healthy lifestyle habits, such as quitting smoking (since tobacco reduces the effects of the body's natural estrogens), controlling weight (being overweight is linked to a greater risk of genitourinary pathologies) and reducing stress (the Increased cortisol levels produce an imbalance in estrogen secretion).

And another factor that can help improve vaginal dryness is sexual activity, since activity through intercourse will promote the elasticity and lubrication of the vagina.

lack of libido

As we have explained, sexual relations can help us improve vaginal dryness, but in this phase we find that due to hormonal imbalance and also vaginal atrophy our libido and sexual desire decrease.And it ends up being a fish that bites its tail: we reduce our sexual activity and this generates more vaginal atrophy.

Food supplements in the climacteric, perimenopause and menopause

There are different ingredients, with more and more demonstrated clinical evidence, that will naturally help us relieve these symptoms and continue with our lifestyle.

To treat dry mucous membranes, sea buckthorn stands out, a fruit rich in fatty acids and which also contains antioxidants, beta-carotenes, vitamin E and plant sterols, which gives it properties to improve vaginal dryness and prevent itching in the intimate area.

In the case of libido, one of the most used and proven ingredients is Andean maca, a tuber that improves energy and enhances sexual desire in a natural and effective way.

That is to say, there is a lot of life after the climacteric, we just have to know what is happening to us, learn to listen to our body, take care of ourselves and continue enjoying!