No matter how amazing your attitude is about menopause, the symptoms are real. And real annoying. But first, the technicalities: To be menopausal, you need to miss your period for a full year in the absence of other causes. The average age is 51, but the years before menopause are where the action begins. This is where the super-fun symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, and irregular periods, come into play, as they’re all signs that your ovaries are sputtering out less estrogen.
As far as treatment is concerned, doctors like Alyssa Dweck, an assistant clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and co-author of The Complete A to Z for Your V (Fair Winds Press), often consider prescribing antidepressants like Paxil (paroxetine) and Effexor (venlafaxine) for some patients to curb anxiety and hot flashes.
“Gabapentin, a medication commonly used for neurologic conditions, can also improve sleep by relieving anxiety and night sweats,” she says. Additionally, there are plenty of nonprescription ways to assuage the symptoms too.
Ahead, find five products and tools that aim to make the menopausal experience more comfortable.
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Emepelle Night Cream
The serum (not pictured) is for morning; the rich cream is for night. Together they treat estrogen-deficient skin by tightening, plumping, and restoring radiance without the side effects of estrogen. These products rely on a potent blend of niacinamide, peptides, and the newly discovered ingredient methyl estradiol-propanoate, which nonhormonally fires up skin’s estrogen-receptor pathway.