Menopause, other known as the "change of life" is the end of the menstruation period of a woman's life. The menstrual cycles must be completely absent for 12 months for a woman to be in menopause. The hormonal changes cause intense physical and emotional symptoms. Many women fear they are losing their femininity. Menopause does bring the end fertility for a woman and some have a hard time accepting that they are unable to have anymore children, while others welcome the sexual freedom.
The average age a woman reaches menopause is 51. They can start menopause anywhere from 30 to 40 or it might not happen until they're well into their 50's or even 60's. Frequently, a women may follow in her mother's footsteps. If the mother menopaused early, it is likely the daughter may too.
There are many symptoms associated with menopause. Some of them begin occurring before the final period. Irregular periods may likely occur throughout the year prior to menopause; vaginal dryness; hot flashes; sleep may become disturbed; mood swings become much more intense; and breasts begin to loose their fullness. Decreased fertility is also a symptom of menopause, but sometimes nature plays a trick. Some late-life babies have been born to women who thought they were going through menopause only to find out they were actually pregnant.
As your ovaries start making less estrogen and progesterone, menopause begins. As you move through menopause, your menstrual cycle begins to change. Each period, normally, undergoes some change from the one before until after 12 months you stop cycling completely. To help relieve some of the uncomfortable symptoms associated with menopause, begin a regime of hormone replacement therapy with a natural herbal formula that provides a balance of female hormones, estrogen and progesterone.
Osteoporosis is a condition that can effect many postmenopausal woman. It's important once they've entered menopause to take totally organic calcium supplements to prevent bone fractures and the development or worsening of osteoporosis. Another preventive health measure is exercise. This can also help prevent heart disease and osteoporosis in postmenopausal woman. Use a safe, natural blend which includes such herbs as red clover, black cohosh, dong quai, red raspberry leaf and wild yam to ease the transition from one period of life to another.
By Suzanne VanDeGrift
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