Keeping a menopause journal is one of the best tools that could help a woman deal with menopause. As you know, many of us like to keep journals and notebooks in order to keep track of our daily appointments and work schedules. In the same way, we need a journal for keeping track of our various symptoms of menopause.
A research company in the US once conducted a study of people who keep records of their medical history. The results showed that of the approximately 7 million women in the United States who use a journal regularly, over half of these also keep track of their health conditions.
A journal can take the form of a paper diary, notebook or even a computer program or an app on a mobile device. Whatever form your journal takes, the key is to fill it in regularly. The more information you have on your various menopause signs, the more you can notice any patterns emerging.
The other benefits of keeping a menopause journal is to manage the physical and emotional stresses that you have to go through as a result of menopause. According to Karen Giblin, founder of “Red Hot Mamas”, an educational support group for women who suffer from menopause, “It’s a great idea to come up with a timeline of your menopause journey to help you cope with the condition. Furthermore, the journal would also help you to keep track with the symptoms that you have experienced so you can inform your doctor about it.”
Starting a journal for menopause is just so easy. Of course, you would need to have a notebook that would serve as your journal, or you can make use of the computer-based applications online. There are also online journals that you can download in your smartphone, which you can make use at anytime you want. It is very portable and you can even carry it with you during a doctor’s visit. Make sure that you indicate the date and time whenever you write in your menopause journal because your doctors will also need this information for diagnosis.