Menopause is one of the most significant changes a woman's body can go through. Just like puberty or pregnancy, your body is changing in all sorts of miraculous ways. But, as many women will agree, it might not feel miraculous while you're going through it. Menopause usually happens between the ages of 45 and 55, and can last anywhere between seven to 14 years, although the timelines vary for every woman.
Some women will experience very few menopause symptoms and may simply be relieved that they no longer need to worry about taking birth control, getting pregnant, or menstruating. Of course, some women may only experience a few menopause effects, while others may feel like they’re experiencing every symptom under the sun, including:
- Hot flashes (cue the desk fans!)
- Night sweats
- Weight gain
- Hair loss
- Muscle aches
- Joint pain
- Mood changes
- Decreased libido
- Sensitive skin
- Vaginal dryness
Menopause is a cornerstone of women’s health, and the natural transition will affect each woman uniquely with menopause symptoms manifesting in a myriad of ways. Factors such as lifestyle, genetics, weight, and smoking can all impact how early menopause happens, the duration it lasts, and the kind of symptoms a woman may experience.
While there is no one-size-fits-all solution to managing menopause symptoms in women, countless ladies have found relief in an unexpected place—wearing compression socks. This simple and affordable symptom solution doesn’t usually require medical intervention, is non-invasive, and comes with limited potential side effects as long as they’re the right fit, making it an ideal option for menopausal women who seek effective relief.
Read on to find out how compression socks work to combat the symptoms of menopause, and see how they can help you fight the flashes, boost those energy levels, and even get you your va-va-voom back in the bedroom!
How Compression Socks Work
Compression socks promote blood flow by applying mild, consistent pressure to the ankles or legs—like they’re giving your legs a warm and gentle hug throughout the day. You’ve likely seen athletes, people on long-haul flights, or even nurses wearing compression socks for swelling, but did you know that they can also work wonders during menopause?
They work by applying mild, graduated pressure that helps improve your circulation, decrease swelling, and reduce inflammation. This, in turn, can relieve some of the symptoms commonly associated with menopause, like hot flashes, joint pain, fatigue, and low libido.
Compression socks for swelling and circulation come in ankle and knee-length, giving you the freedom to choose a Pear that is best suited to your symptoms. They come in various compression sock levels, allowing you to select different levels of pressure to relieve menopause symptoms according to your unique needs.
Benefits of Compression Socks for Menopause Symptoms
Relief From Hot Flashes
Because compression socks help increase your blood circulation, they can work to regulate your core body temperature and cool you down to give you relief from hot flashes. Magic? Even better—it’s just plain old science!
Improved Energy Levels
The same hormonal changes that cause hot flashes can also impact your mood and energy levels, leading to menopause fatigue you can’t seem to shake off. In addition to this, hot flashes can disturb your sleep—further compounding your hormone-related fatigue. Wearing compression socks throughout the day improves oxygen delivery throughout your body, resulting in an improved mood and boosted energy levels.
Reduced Joint Pain and Swelling
Menopause can cause all manner of aches and pains in your joints and muscles. But you don’t have to welcome creaky bones just yet! Because they apply gentle pressure, wearing compression socks helps support joints and prevents blood from pooling in the extremities, minimizing swelling.
Better Postural Stability
The body functions as a kinetic chain, so instability in the ankles can lead to poor balance throughout the body. Owing to the influx of hormones, menopausal women may experience decreased muscle strength and poor postural stability, which increases the risk of falls. Research has shown that wearing compression socks may be effective in increasing postural stability, which means that you’re less likely to topple over at an inopportune moment.
Better Blood Circulation
As we’ve mentioned, improving your blood circulation is the first step to experiencing less pain and increased energy levels. Who doesn’t need a little extra ‘oomph’ in their day? But improving your circulation has additional benefits too, like promoting healthy skin and helping to prevent varicose veins during menopause.
Unfortunately, menopause insomnia is a common symptom that countless women experience. Along with hot flashes that can keep you tossing and turning, a reduction in a hormone called estradiol can also lead to sleepless nights. Wearing compression socks before you go to bed (but not while you sleep) promotes better circulation, which can result in a more restful night’s sleep. Just remember to take off your compression socks before bed so you can enjoy your peaceful slumber.
Increased Libido (and Better Sex!):
Poor blood circulation can lead to challenges like vaginal dryness and difficulty achieving orgasm. Wearing compression socks improves your circulation - and it’s not just the blood flow to your legs we’re talking about. Compression socks improve blood flow to the entire body, including the sex organs, so you can expect improved libido with your sexy socks too. But there’s more! One study also revealed that women who wore socks during sex climaxed 80% of the time during stimulation compared to 50% of the time when socks were not worn. Need we say more?
Improve Symptoms of Arthritis
The decline in estrogen levels during menopause has the potential to lead to osteoarthritis in women, along with exacerbating the symptoms of pre-existing rheumatoid arthritis. Wearing compression socks for arthritis may reduce your symptoms by applying mild pressure to affected joints, minimizing the effects of inflammation and swelling.
Whether it’s a plummeting libido or hot flashes that keep you tossing and turning at night, menopause symptoms can sometimes be unpredictable and leave you feeling helpless, but it doesn’t mean you need to resign yourself to a life of discomfort! Continued menopause support through the use of compression socks can help you ease pain and regain your overall quality of life along with your sex drive. Win-win!
Along with regular exercise, healthy eating, and avoiding triggers for hot flashes (such as spicy foods or alcohol), wearing compression socks forms an essential part of a holistic menopause treatment plan to combat some of its most pesky symptoms.
At Pear Compression, we’re proud to create wearable wellness that puts women’s health, style, and comfort first. Each pair of Pear Compression socks for women are mindfully designed and manufactured in Italy using ultra-soft and breathable materials, making them some of the best compression socks on the market for menopausal women.
We probably don’t have to tell you that changing hormone levels during menopause can cause or exacerbate sensitive skin, which is why our compression socks are hypoallergenic to give your feet, ankles, and legs the gentle care they deserve through this period of transition.
Along with the countless benefits that come with improved blood circulation, we also create our compression socks for menopause with style in mind. After all, you’re entering a new phase of life that can be the best phase yet, and you deserve to look as good as you feel throughout every chapter of your life.
Our ankle and knee-high compression socks for ladies come in various colors, ranging from blushed pink to muted neutrals, ensuring you can find a Pear to elevate any outfit. If you’re not sure which stylish sock is perfect for you, why not try our 3-pack of knee-high compression socks for ultimate versatility? Plus, they’re easily machine-washable, so you don’t have to worry about adding complex care to your already-busy schedule.
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