Nausea In Menopause

Nausea is fairly common during perimenopause and it tends to be most severe during the mornings. Nausea relates to feeling sick; it may be experienced prior to vomiting, but this is not always the case. In some cases, nausea can result fro using HRT (hormone replacement therapy).

Menopause and nausea

It's not really understood why menopause causes nausea; however, it is thought that it results from changing hormone levels in a similar way to morning sickness during pregnancy. Increased levels of progesterone have also been linked to digestive problems, such as bloating and indigestion, which may increase the risk of nausea. Other symptoms linked to menopause, such as insomnia and stress, can also make nausea worse.

Coping with nausea

Diet can be really important if you're suffering with nausea and it's best to avoid certain foods, such as greasy and fried food ad very hot and spicy dishes; many people feel unable to tolerate larger meals when they feel sick and it may be best to stick to smaller portions of lighter foods until you feel better. Try to stay hydrated and avoid hot and confined spaces, as this is likely to make you feel worse. Try to keep your sugars up, as this will help to prevent you from feeling faint if you're not able to manage much food and get plenty of rest. Avoid alcohol, caffeine and fizzy drinks until your stomach feels more settled.

If self-help techniques are ineffective, it's a good idea to see your doctor. There are various treatment options available. In some cases, nausea may be linked to HRT and it may be possible to try a different type of treatment.

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