Know the Signs of Menopause

by Steven A Johnson

Posted on Thursday 14th of May 2009

Menopause is the end of menstruation and fertility in women. It is a natural process not a medical illness. But the physical and emotional symptoms of menopause can disrupt your life in many ways. It can affect your sleep, take your energy, trigger feelings of sadness and loss, and many other things.

Hormone changes are the cause of the physical symptoms of menopause. Mistake beliefs and myths are mostly to blame for the emotion symptoms. Menopause does not mean that the end is near and your going to pass, it only means you still have half your life to go. Menopause will also not take away your femininity and sexuality. Actually, you may find it more relieving to not have a period monthly, not to mention worry about getting pregnant anymore.

Menopause is not an illness but that does not mean that you don’t have to get treatment for it. If you have severe symptoms that are interfering with your life you may want to consider getting help. There is a lot available for treatments; from simple changes in your every day living to hormone therapy, to alternative solutions.

Signs of menopause are irregular periods, decreased fertility, vaginal dryness, hot flashes, sleep disruption, mood swings, increased abdominal fat, and thinning hair. There is no way of knowing which period is going to be your last. You have to wait till your 12 months after your last period. Then you have officially hit menopause.

Menopause is divided into stages; perimenopause and postmenopause. Perimenopause is when you begin experiencing the signs and symptoms of menopause even though you are still getting periods. Hormone levels rise and fall unevenly. Hot flashes and other symptoms may occur. This stage may last for 4 to five years. Postmenopause is when the 12 months have past after your last period. Ovaries produce less estrogen and progesterone and do not release eggs.

There are a few things you can do to reduce the symptoms of menopause. To cool hot flashes you can get regular exercise, dressing in layers, and trying to pinpoint what is triggering your hot flashes. For some women spicy or hot foods, alcohol, and hot weather are triggers. Using a lubricant to alleviate vaginal dryness should be a simple solution. Strengthening your pelvic floor muscles will help with any urinary issues that may be menopause related.

Taking a dietary supplement will help to balance your hormones and boost your health. Herbal supplements such as Dong Quai, licorice, chastleberry, evening primrose oil and wild yam will help with calming menopausal symptoms. Alternative Health Supplements offers a variety of products to health with menopause symptoms.

Avoid caffeine and exercising during the day will help with sleep problems, as well as using relaxation techniques. Deep breathing and relaxation tapes may help. Quit smoking, it may increase your hot flashes and bring an early menopause. Eating a balanced diet will help with keeping you healthy and your immune system healthy. And lastly, get regular check ups with your doctor, talk with them about how often you should have mammograms, paps, lipid levels checked, and other tests that may need to be done.

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