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If you have discomfort during the end of monthly bleeding
If you are feeling uncomfortable, try the following:
• Dress in clothes that are loose, comfortable, and made of cotton.
If possible wear clothes you can take off easily when you begin
• Avoid hot or spicy foods or drinks.
They can cause hot flashes.
• Get regular exercise.
• Do not drink much coffee, tea,
or soft drinks (pop, soda, cola). They contain
caffeine, which can make you feel nervous
and prevent you from sleeping.
• If you drink alcohol, drink only small
amounts. Alcohol can increase bleeding and
• Stop smoking, sniffing, or chewing tobacco. It can
cause unusual bleeding and make problems with weak
bones much worse.
• Explain to your family that your feelings may change easily.
It may also help to discuss how you feel with other women
who are also going through menopause.
• Ask about the use of traditional remedies in your community. Often women
who have already been through menopause will know ways to help you feel
In the past, doctors recommended that women take medicines called hormone
replacement therapy (HRT) to help manage changes and discomfort during
menopause. Unfortunately, HRT has been shown to increase women’s risk of
breast cancer, heart disease, blood clots, and stroke. It is better to avoid using these
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