We’ve been helping women find menopause relief for years. During that time, we’ve learned a thing or two. Every week, we use that knowledge to bring you content that’s designed to give you the edge, because seeing women thrive during menopause is the greatest thrill for us at Smoky Mountain Nutrition.
But for all that helpful advice and information, we realize that sometimes the best thing is to show what not to do.
That’s why we’ve compiled this list of the most common mistakes we see women making with their Hormone Replacement. One of the surest ways to have success with products like ours is to avoid these common errors.
1. Denying Your Uniqueness
It turns out that what our parents told us when they tucked us in at night is true: We are special! They probably weren’t talking about menopause, but that’s beside the point.
Each woman experiences menopause differently. There’s a wide range in the ages, experiences, and duration of the menopause journey. The state of hormone levels is similarly varied during the process. That’s why it’s important to realize that your deficiencies and needs may be quite different than other women.
The same course that results in complete relief for a friend, may need to be different for you.
2. Becoming Impatient
Back in 1996, a one-hit-wonder called Culture Beat summed up this sentiment in their solo hit “Mr. Vain”. The catchiest lyric in that sensation said, “I know what I want, and I want it now.”
If you remember the song, you’ll probably be humming it for a few days now. Sorry about that. But even if you don’t remember the song, the words sum up the position of too many women when they start looking for relief during menopause.
Finding exactly what works best for you can take a little time, and patience is key. Even if the first solution(s) you try are the perfect match, supplements still take a few weeks to bring hormones up to where you want them to be. We’ve seen so many women continue to suffer needlessly because they were unwilling to stick with it.
Don’t give up too easily, and you’ll find what works.
3. Not Testing
One of the biggest reasons women become impatient with their treatment is that they don’t have a great idea of what’s actually going on. How do you know that supplementing is making any difference at all if you can’t tell in your symptoms yet?
The answer is hormone testing. Testing takes all of the guesswork out of the process. If you see what your numbers are, you know what the supplements are doing. You also know what adjustments need to be made. Testing speeds up the process, and relieves much of the frustration that can sometimes accompany finding the right course of treatment.
4. Forgetting Progesterone
We’ve written about this before, so we won’t harp on it too long. But it’s quite the shame that estrogen has been paid almost exclusive attention when it comes to menopause treatment. Trust us, we talked with progesterone, and she’s pretty upset about it.
Progesterone is the other female hormone that declines drastically with menopause. It turns out that progesterone is fairly crucial, and supplementing progesterone is far more important than previously imagined.
5. Switching Up Application Schedules too Quickly
There’s a natural process of discovering what products are best for you, and in what measure. Our base recommendations are a great place to start with a supplement, but you may find that you need to make adjustments. Testing is the way to do this most accurately.
The mistake we see women making most often in this process is failing to give a certain usage pattern enough time before reassessing.
If you’ve been using a supplement for just a few days, it’s too early to make an adjustment. For our supplements, we recommend giving them about a month of consistent use to determine their effects. Adjustments should be made incrementally, and you should always allow sufficient time to make sure you know what that course of treatment actually does for you.
6. Failing to Rotate Applications
Perhaps the key instruction with hormone supplement creams is to make sure you’re regularly rotating your application site.
Why’s that important? Because repeated usage without enough time to recover can begin to inhibit the ability of an application site to absorb the hormone.
Skin will eventually recover this ability, but to keep your supplementation consistent, it’s important that your skin remain receptive. Rotating the application site daily ensures the continued efficacy of your treatment.
7. Neglecting Overall Health
Like so many health issues these days, poor menopausal health is impacted by modern lifestyles and diets. Increased body fat and exposure to estrogenic chemicals can be especially problematic for modern menopausal women.
How much does overall health and lifestyle impact the experience of menopause? The difference can be surprising. In fact women in less developed, agricultural cultures are likely to be essentially unfamiliar with the plight of modern menopause.
The differences are attributed almost entirely to increased physical activity, and drastically different diets. Don’t worry, your doctor won’t prescribe life in a grass hut. But caring for your overall health can be a crucial stepping in mastering menopause.
8. Not Doing Your Homework
One of the finest pieces of advice we could offer to a woman entering menopause would be to learn as much as you can.
So many women suffer through the symptoms of menopause needlessly because the whole thing seems so big. The more you understand about what’s going on, though, the smaller menopause looks. And when menopause seems smaller, we’re more apt to take it on, and feel that we can make a difference.
That’s a great thing, because these days, there truly is no reason to suffer. Avoid these pitfalls, and live your best.