Around half the population will experience menopause. It is an unavoidable certainty, a fact of life. Experiences vary, as does the age of onset — according to the Mayo Clinic, the average age menopause starts in the U.S. is 51, though some will experience menopause earlier, even in their 20s. Regardless of age of onset, many people report the same symptoms. Hot flashes and night sweats are almost a guarantee, and most find themselves anxious or irritable — not to mention sex becomes a real (and painful) drag.
So what can they do, especially since the symptoms of menopause can last several years? Well, they can seek medical intervention and/or try to treat their symptoms holistically, with herbs, supplements and products designed to bring about relief.
And if you are looking for relief, we’ve got good news. What follows are some of the best products to treat some of the most common symptoms of menopause.
Hot Flash Pillow
This dry, odorless pillow can be frozen prior to use, allowing it to deliver up to 30 minutes of cold relief — perfect for those with hot flashes and night sweats.
Hot flash pillow, available at Amazon
Icon Bladder Leak Underwear
While incontinence is a subject most do not want to talk about, it is a very real side effect of menopause — thanks to weakened pelvic floor muscles. However, Icon has developed a product to help women deal with this uncomfortable and at times tricky problem: absorbent underwear. Each pair is thin, comfortable, antimicrobial and odorless. Oh, and they can be tossed in the washer after each wear.
Incontinence bladder leak underwear, available at Amazon
Sweatopause Cooling Scarf
Much like the hot flash pillow, the Sweatopause cooling scarf is designed to provide hot flash relief. According to the company behind the unique design, "Sweatopause cooling scarves are made with a patented, chemical-free cooling fabric that cools down up to 30 percent below skin temperature when wet. These scarves are also super soft and sweat wicking." And bonus: The prints are super-cute!
Sweatopause cooling scarf, $30 at Sweat-O-Pause
While most people have cotton sheets on their bed, the common fabric may not be the best choice for those with menopause, as it is not known for its moisture-wicking properties. However, DermaTherapy sheets are made from a combination of nylon and polyester that is engineered to soothe your skin, making it perfect for those with night sweats.
DermaTherapy sheets, $145 at DermaTherapy
Cool-jams Moisture-Wicking Pajamas
Cool-jams moisture-wicking shirt and pajama pant sets are the perfect choice for those who may be suffering from night sweats. These pajamas feature Cool-jams' unique smart fabric technology, which is literally designed to wick moisture away from the skin. Plus, they're available in five colors.
Moisture-wicking pajamas, available at Amazon
Even though a lot of menopause symptoms are pretty hush-hush, vaginal dryness is one most people don't want to talk about. Fortunately, there are products like ProHydrate from Vagisil that you can use before having sex to help restore your natural moisture.
Vagisil ProHydrate, available at Amazon
Gold Bond No Mess Powder Spray
While the hot flashes are inevitable, sweating through your shirt isn't. Try something like this No Mess Powder Spray from Gold Bond that can help you stay dry throughout the day.
Gold Bond No Mess Powder Spray, available at Amazon
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