Weighted Blanket for Menopause

What is Menopause?

Menopause is a natural biological process that occurs in women in their 40s or 50s which signals the end of the menstrual cycle. A woman whose menstrual cycle has stopped for 12 months can be diagnosed with menopause.

The menstrual cycle doesn’t immediately stop when menopause occurs. Instead a woman undergoes hormonal changes in different stages of her life during the menopausal period.

What are the stages of menopause?

Perimenopause - women undergo a stage called perimenopause which is the transitional period that begins several years before menopause. This stage can happen in a woman’s 40s, but can start earlier in some cases. A drop in estrogen production causes irregular periods and other hormonal changes.

Menopause - when a woman doesn’t have her period for 12 months straight without other causes such as pregnancy, breastfeeding or illnesses that means they are experiencing menopause. This happens to most women during their early 50s.

Postmenopause - this stage begins one year after a woman’s last menstrual cycle. Due to a decrease in estrogen, there is a higher risk of osteoporosis and heart disease when a woman reaches this time of her life.

What are symptoms of menopause?

Several symptoms can start during the perimenopause stage and can last until the postmenopausal stage. Menopausal symptoms may vary from person to person, however it is recommended to consult a doctor to learn how to manage menopause. The following are some of the indications that a woman is experiencing menopause:

  • Vaginal dryness
  • Mood swings
  • Hot flashes
  • Night Sweats
  • Shorter or more lengthy periods
  • Lighter or heavier bleeding
  • Slower metabolism
  • Weight gain
  • Breast tenderness
  • Lower sex drive
  • Sleep problems
  • Urinary Urgency or leakage
  • Fatigue

How is Menopause diagnosed?

There is no reliable test to determine when a woman is undergoing menopause. Although tests may be done to rule out other diagnoses, the most reliable way to diagnose menopause is to observe the lack of menstruation for a period of 12 months within the expected age range.

Are there any conditions that can induce early Menopause?

These are some of the conditions when a woman experiences early menopause:

  1. Surgery - a removal of the reproductive organs can cause immediate menopause. Surgeries such as oophorectomy (removal of ovaries) or a hysterectomy (removal of the uterus) can cause hormonal changes and early menopause.
  2. Premature Ovarian Failure - this condition causes the woman to experience menopause before she reaches the age of 40 and happens to 1% of all women. Factors such as genetics or autoimmune diseases are the cause for premature ovarian failure.
  3. Cancer Treatments - chemotherapy and radiation therapy can induce menopause when given to an ovulating woman. Menopausal symptoms may start occurring during cancer treatment and may continue after the procedures.

Can Menopause be treated?

Menopause is a naturally occurring biological phenomenon that happens in women and needs no treatment since it isn’t a disease. However, if symptoms are severe enough to affect activities of daily life, treatments and therapy can be recommended by a doctor or specialist.

Estrogen Therapy. There are benefits to starting hormone therapy during the time of menopause. Doctors will recommend women a dose of estrogen depending on their personal and family medical history. Having estrogen therapy effectively reduces hot flashes that happen during menopause.

Antidepressants. Doctors can prescribe antidepressants for women who are experiencing hot flashes.

Regular Exercise. Incorporating physical activity can have mental health benefits as well as increase protection against cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis. Women who exercise regularly can address weight gain due to hormonal changes. Doing kegels is also one way of strengthening the pelvic floor to combat urinary incontinence and leakage.

Proper Diet and Nutrition. Eating healthy food can significantly boost a menopausal woman’s overall well-being. Nutritional counseling is one way of getting a program personalized for a person who is suffering from symptoms caused by hormonal changes in the body.

Oral contraceptives. For women experiencing irregular vaginal bleeding, oral contraceptives might be prescribed by a specialist. Erratic vaginal bleeding tends to happen during perimenopause. Oral contraceptives can regulate menstrual periods, relieve hot flashes, and provide contraception.

How does Miran Blanket help women experiencing Menopause?

Women who are experiencing menopause will often have difficulties sleeping due to the hormonal changes their bodies are experiencing. One alternative form of therapy is by using Miran Blanket which is a weighted blanket designed to alleviate menopausal symptoms.

Miran Blanket guarantees ultimate relaxation as it mimics a hug or a massage that stimulates the production of melatonin, the body’s sleep-inducing hormone. Having this luxurious and comfortable blanket can help address fatigue, anxiety, and stress which menopausal women often experience.