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Women’s health series: four tips for women going through menopause

As part of our Women's Health Series, we've put together our top four health tips for women going through menopause.

If you're struggling with menopause symptoms, don't grin and bear it. Our guide below looks into how to feel your best while going through this change.


Menopause causes the hormone oestrogen to decrease which affects your metabolism, meaning it’s easier to gain weight. These hormone changes also affect your bone strength, increasing risks of fractures. 

So when your body is going through the changes of menopause, it’s important to stick to a healthy diet.

Try these tips

  • Eat more calcium-rich foods like milk, yoghurt and kale for healthy bones

  • Add omega-3 fatty acids to your diet, including mackerel, salmon, flax seeds and chia seeds to decrease hot flushes

  • Whole grains, fruit and vegetables are also recommended for women going through menopause to lower blood pressure and reduce hot flushes

  • Eat more protein to improve your muscle mass and bone strength

Avoid these foods

  • Sugar, processed carbs, alcohol and caffeine – these can increase hot flushes

  • Foods high in salt as they can lower your bone density even further

If you’re experiencing some painful menopause symptoms, such as joint pain, muscle tension or you’re having difficulty sleeping, getting a massage can help.

Massage promotes the feeling of relaxation which can soothe everything from anxiety to achy muscles. By stretching out the muscles, it relieves tension and helps with joint pain.

Which massage is best?

  • If you’re having trouble sleeping, opt for a full body sleep massage where the use of essential oils will release tension and help you drift off.

    Or if aches and pains are your main concern, give deep tissue massage a try. The strong pressure will soothe any tightness.

Menopause affects sleep because of the range of side effects and symptoms. From hot flushes to night sweats, it’s completely normal for your sleeping pattern to be knocked out of balance when you’re going through this change.

How to improve your sleep

You don't have to put up with it, there are things you can do to get your sleeping pattern back to some kind of normality:

  • Avoid big meals, spicy foods, caffeine or alcohol to decrease your chances of hot flushes in the night

  • Go to the toilet before bed to avoid having to wake up during the night

  • Stress can make sleeping difficult, so do whatever you can to reduce your stress levels – try regular massages or exercising

  • Create a good night time routine that you stick to, and try to go to bed at the same time every night

  • Make sure your room is a cool temperature and you’re wearing lightweight pyjamas to avoid nightly sweats

It’s been confirmed that exercise eases menopause symptoms, including loss in muscle and bone density, sleep problems and a lack of energy. Not only will it help your physical symptoms, but regular exercise is known for boosting mental health too.

Recommended exercises for menopause

  • Resistance training to keep strong bones

  • Yoga to soothe hormonal symptoms and improve balance

  • Cardiovascular exercises for heart health