If you have just been diagnosed or suspect you are entering perimenopause – it’s time to get kitted out with some essentials. Flo Hive’s Top 6 Picks are:

1. Leak-Proof Underwear

Leak-proof underwear is a game-changer for women experiencing menopause. Heavy cycles are common and myself and many other women actually use a tampon, pad AND period underwear for the first couple of days of bleeding. That’s a lot of protection! You may also be experiencing urinary leaks as oestrogen declines, reusable underwear are a great sustainable way to combat this instead of using panty liners. Flo Hive recommends these leak proof underwear by Modi Bodi (paid link) which come in a 3 pack and lovely pastel colours.

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2. Cooling on the Go

Hot flashes can be one of the most uncomfortable symptoms of menopause and they come on very quickly. Having a portable fan in your bag is essential for when at work, or commuting and our favourite is the JISULIFE (paid link) rechargeable fan. It has 21 hours battery life before needing to be recharged and the folding design allows you to put it on your desk.

We also recommend a cooling mist spray bottle. You can use either an atomised one or a pump. Our favourite mist in a can is this small one by Avene (paid link) because this one is the only one we could find in a travel size (50ml) so it is perfect for your bag.

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3. Sleep Aid

Sleep disturbances are a common complaint during menopause, some women find they can’t get to sleep, others can fall asleep but then wake at scarily similar time each morning (like 2am!) and some wake really early (this is me – 5am). We recommend trying Melatonin as it has very few drug interactions – of course if you are taking any other drugs that may make you drowsy (for example anti-histamines, benzodiazepines or codeine) then you shouldn’t combine.

It can be tricky to source Melatonin in Australia but you can easily find it on iHerb. We really like this brand 21st Century (paid link) in the 10mg, you can easily cut the pills smaller to see what dose works best for you – and save you some money!

You could also consider CBD oil like this one by GummiMi (paid link) in Switzerland- whilst you cannot buy it over the counter or without prescription in Australia you can purchase online, just be sure to check with your doctor first before take CBD oil.

And finally Flo Hive recommends using Ashwagandha (paid link) – whilst similar in its effects to Valerian – it does not have the foul odour Valerian does. A lot of menopausal women are repelled by strong smells.

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4. The Chunkiest Pad You Can Find

Menstrual irregularities are not uncommon during menopause, and unexpected heavy flows can catch you off guard. If you are unfamiliar with pads, simply choose one for heaviest flow/ that says Super over Overnight like this one by Libra (paid link). It’s crucial to be prepared by keeping at least one heavy-flow pad with wings and a super flow tampon in your bag at all times. By having these essentials on hand, you can tackle any sudden and dramatic reappearance of your period.

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5. Bedding that Cools

Night sweats can disrupt your sleep and leave you feeling uncomfortable. I would absolutely invest in a cooling bedsheet set (flat sheet, fitted sheet and pillowcases) like this one by Sleep Zone to use all year round. It feels cool to the touch and doesn’t retain heat. They are made of a moisture-wicking polyester-spandex fabric. There are a LOT expensive options on the market for cooling sheets and blankets but the Sleep Zone set is excellent value. These sheets help to regulate your body temperature, allowing you to sleep cool and dry throughout the night. Don’t let night sweats rob you of a good night’s rest – invest in better bedding for ultimate comfort.

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Summer bedsheet set –

And for Winter or if you simply want a more weighted blanket on top so you can snuggle up but still stay cool you cannot go past the Wonap weighted blanket.

6. Vajayjay Lube

During menopause, hormonal changes can lead to vaginal dryness, which may cause discomfort during sex. Flo Hive highly recommends avoiding silicone based lubricants – water based and silicone free lubricants are best. The ones listed below are a much better alternative. Prioritise your sexual well-being and maintain the erogenous zone.

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These are just a few of the essential products that can make a significant difference in your menopause journey. By incorporating them into your daily routine, you can alleviate discomfort and embrace this new phase of life with confidence. Remember to consult with your doctor to find the products and solutions that are best suited to your individual needs.

Now is the time to take control of your menopause experience. Build your menopause survival kit with these essential products and empower yourself to navigate this transition with ease. Embrace the changes, prioritise self-care, and live your best life during menopause and beyond.

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