Menopause, just one of the many different adventures women have to endure as we age. Some women go through menopause with little or no symptoms. Of course we all hope when it is our turn that we just ease through it but unfortunately those ladies are few and far between.
Many women are anxious or worried about going through menopause. You have probable heard horror stories from you mother or grandmother, but it can be a very happy and exciting time in your life. You are no longer bound by periods and hormones and can live without the worry of pregnancy.
Menopause is a natural process in a women’s life and you do not have to be afraid. The facts below should make the transition easier.
What is Menopause?
Menopause occurs when a woman hasn’t had a period in 12 consecutive months. As you age, the female hormones that regulate your menstruation and ovulation begin to decline. These hormones are estrogen and progesterone and are in charge of sending signals to the body to tell it when it’s time to menstruate and time to ovulate. As these hormones decline, menstruation and ovulation becomes less regular and will eventually cease altogether. It is at this point you have entered Menopause.
It is during premenopausal (before menopause) that woman experience the worst symptoms. Since every woman is different there really isn’t a way to know how long you will suffer through the symptoms. They can last anywhere from just a few months to quite a few years.
Womens Health Menopause-Symptoms
Symptoms that may occur:
- Night sweats
- Changes in menstrual cycle (longer or shorter, heavy or light)
- Hot flashes
- Mood swings
- Dry skin
- Vaginal dryness
- Panic Attacks
- Decreased sex drive
- Hair Loss
- More emotional
- Belly fat
What Age Does Menopause Begin?
For most women it usually occurs between the ages of 45 and 55. There are rare cases, when it occurs in the early 30’s or as late as the 60’s
Occasionally some women will enter Menopause due to other reasons other than through the natural process. Surgery and certain medications can force a woman’s body to enter menopause. Hysterectomies, cancer treatments, low levels of estrogen or ovary damage may also start early menopause. During the hot flash symptoms, there are a few things you might try to cool down:
- Dress In Layers
- Deep Breathing
- Keep the room cool (Temp 65-70)
- Find cool spots when you are outdoors
- Drink plenty of water
- Stay away from spicy foods or hot drinks
- Take a natural vitamin supplement to ease the symptoms