Menopause can take effect between the ages of 45-55, according to Dr. Kecia Gaither, a double board-certified OB/GYN based in New York. Perimenopause, the transitional period before menopause official begins but the release of eggs is still happening, can begin as early as someone’s 30s and 40s.
This permanent end of a menstrual cycle can create a lot of hormone shifts and lead to some pretty uncomfortable symptoms, which “can vary from person to person and can include mood changes, vaginal dryness, breast tenderness and joint or muscles aches,” Gaither said.
There are also other potential side effects that Dr. Erum Ilyas, a board-certified dermatologist with Schweiger Dermatology Group in Pennsylvania, said she has witnessed in her patients and has begun to experience herself.
Aside from the tell-tale signs of hot flashes and night sweats, Illyas said symptoms can also present in the form of hormonal-like breakouts similar to rosacea and keratoderma climactericum, a condition that results in thickened soles of the feet or palms of the hand.
Whether you’re currently experiencing this normal biological adjustment or just want to be prepared for the future, these doctors gave some general product recommendations that may help navigate both the physical and mental discomforts of menopause and perimenopause.
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A strand of cooling insulated pearls
According to Gaither, cooling jewelry can be helpful during hot flashes. Designed specifically with this remedy in mind, these insulated pearls are individually filled with a non-toxic and cold-retaining gel that, once frozen, provides sustained cooling relief for up to 30 minutes. The necklace is made using Swarovski spacer pearls, sterling silver findings and strong magnetic clasp for easy on-and-off wear.
A two-pack of cooling memory foam gel pillows
Gaither also recommended investing in a cooling pillow to help with night sweats, like these gel-infused pillows that are made with shredded memory foam. They’re designed with advanced ventilation that improves breathability and helps to actively draw heat away from your body, keeping you comfortable all night long.
An internet-loved hands-free neck fan
Personal fans made it on both of our doctors’ lists as a quick and portable solution to hot flashes and their sporadic, unpredictable nature. This internet-famed option sits on your neck for hands-free wear and emits bursts of wind from 78 air outlets around the entire length of the fan. Choose from three air speeds and enjoy up to16 hours of runtime per charge using the USB port.
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