Menopause, or the “change of life” as it is used to be called, is the stage in a womans’s life when she stops ovulating and menstruation ceases, indicating the end of fertility. It is important to remember that menopause is not a disease but a natural transition in a woman’s life and how a woman views this time can have a lot to do with how frequent and severe the symptoms are. If menopause is viewed as the end of youth and sexuality, then this time will be much more difficult than if it is viewed as the next, natural phase of life. With proper diet, nutritional supplements, and exercise, most of the unpleasant side effects of menopause can be minimised or eliminated.
When a woman stops ovulating, her ovaries largely stop producing the hormones oestrogen and progesterone. Oestrogen is commonly thought of as a sex hormone strictly tied to reproduction, but it also acts on many different organs of the body. Cells in the vagina, bladder, breasts, skin, bones, arteries, heart, liver, and brain all contain oestrogen receptors, and require this hormone to stimulate these receptors for normal cell function. Oestrogen is needed to keep skin smooth and moist, the thyroid your body’s internal thermostat operating properly, and the arteries unclogged. It is also necessary for proper bone formation. The menopausal period is different for each individual woman. Some start early and some later, but the average age for the menopause is fifty. The transition usually lasts up to five years. Some women go through the menopause with few or no noticeable symptoms. However many women experience short-term or acute symptoms such as hot flushes, night sweats, mood swings, fatigue, dizziness, headaches, anxiety, depression, poor libido, bladder problems, vaginal dryness and itching, burning and discomfort during intercourse, breast tenderness, dryness and aging of the skin, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, and insomnia. All of these symptoms are due to oestrogen and progesterone deficiency. Over the long term, the diminished supply of oestrogen increases the likelihood of cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and vaginal atrophy.
Every woman is unique, yet every woman will go through Menopause at some stage in their life. Be prepared and know that there are many different natural approaches. A consultation will help you understand more fully and enable you to be taking the right remedies to help make this transition more comfortable.
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