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Finding Relief From The Menopause - The Secrets Of Control In A Life Of Change

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Submitted : 2011-04-02 00:00:00    Word Count : 1273    Popularity:   Not Rated

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For women in their thirties or forties menopause is the last word they want to hear and the last thing they want to think about. No woman wants to admit that they’re at that stage of their life yet, even if it is just the "pre" menopause stage. It doesn’t feel like it should be happening yet, especially when most still have babies or small children at that age. And yet, you can tell your body doesn’t feel 100% normal.

Pre-menopause is something that all women either know about or have at least heard about, but no one seems to have a name for it or be able to recognize it when it rears its ugly head. Millions of women are going through pre-menopause or have experienced some kind of symptoms, but don’t think there’s any possible way it’s menopause because they’re still in their early thirties.

Pre-menopause is the body beginning to cross yet another age marker with symptoms that every woman will notice around 10-15 years before actually going through menopause. It’s kind of like a dress rehearsal for the big show.

These symptoms are basically the same as those that go with menopause: PMS, endometriosis, fibroids, tender and sore breasts, fatigue, irritability, depression, foggy thinking, sudden weight gain, having a hard time conceiving or carrying a pregnancy to full term, memory loss, migraine headaches, light or very heavy periods, spots, bleeding in between periods, and cold hands and feet.

Women can begin having hot flashes, also called vasomotor symptoms, either in the pre-menopausal stages of peri-menopause or after their last menstrual period. These ‘hot flushes’ may last longer for some women than they do for others, but usually somewhere between three and five years.

The only outward physical sign of a hot flash is the skin turning a pink or reddish colour and sweating. Hot flashes can be mild or severe and some women may experience chills. Some women have hot flashes mainly at night and cannot sleep due to that; while others have difficulty falling asleep even without hot flashes.

Insomnia is another common menopause symptom. A common pattern in many women is falling asleep for a few hours, waking up, and then not being able to go back to sleep.

Sometimes women will feel anxious, tense, agitated, or unsettled as a hot flash is coming on, and many times the heart rate will increase. As with any other menopause symptom, it is different for every woman.

They are often worse the first year following the last period.

While the list of possible symptoms is pretty long, chances are that few women will have every single symptom, but just a select few. The symptoms will vary greatly and in fact, there are no two women who will have the same menopausal symptoms in the same order. There are some women who don’t have any symptoms as all, but not many. Symptoms may vary from woman to woman as will the lengths of time they persist, and are caused by hormonal transitions and imbalances in the body.

One of the most common symptoms is the mood swing. Approximately 10% of women suffer from mood swings during menopause. Basically mood swings are drastic changes over a short period of time. For example, laughing one minute, yelling and being angry, then crying, and then feeling depressed very shortly after.

Another of the main symptoms is the change experienced in the menstrual cycle. In fact, more than 90% of women go through menopause with an irregular cycle. Periods will more than likely shorten and begin sooner than usual. The heaviness of blood flow may change as well and your periods may become either lighter or heavier. Birth control is often prescribed to help make periods more regular.

Symptoms that most women can expect to experience during menopause, whether mild or severe, include hot flashes, insomnia, anxiety, fatigue, mood swings, frequent urination, vaginal dryness, and even depression in some cases.

Some women complain of having short-term memory loss and difficulty concentrating. While many experts say that lower estrogen levels probably do play a role in memory loss and a lack of concentration, some think this is due to aging. The lower levels of estrogen cause some sort of menopause symptoms in all women, but they are different in every case. Some women will have very distinct and obvious menopause symptoms, while others only go through mild changes.

All of these symptoms are caused by hormone imbalances, mostly from having too much of the hormone estrogen and not enough of the hormone progesterone. These symptoms are not just scientific and medical; they also have a lot to do with and are more evident in women who are out of touch with their bodies and feelings. Basically, stress heightens the symptoms and the stress of going through menopause and that may have an effect on memory and concentration.

There are conventional medications that can be taken to boost your estrogen levels and help minimize symptoms. Doctors will usually administer estrogen supplements. Unfortunately, if estrogen doesn’t clear up symptoms, they will often perform hysterectomies or try drugs for depression such as Zoloft of Prozac unnecessarily.

A regular exercise program and getting plenty of rest can act as natural remedies to the menopause. Not only will it control weight and increase energy, it will also relieve some symptoms like anxiety, depression, and hot flashes.

Menopause natural remedies can help greatly in reducing menopausal symptoms and making the big change in life for women a much easier and more pleasant transition. Remember that it is always important to consult your physician before beginning any remedies to make sure they won’t harm your health nor have adverse effects.

Some women will say that menopause is a natural experience and quite enjoyable. Most women will not agree. The symptoms of menopause can be confusing and difficult for both women and everyone around them. Diet and exercise can help women ease them into the next stage of their life and it really does make a difference.

Other than getting pills, one of the best ways to enjoy a healthy, happy menopause lifestyle is by eating a nutritious and healthy diet.

Foods that should be eaten regularly during menopause include fresh fruits, vegetables, and, whole grains, such as brown rice, corn, barley, oatmeal, wild rice, nuts, and seeds. Soy (soymilk and tofu), oils (olive, sesame, sunflower, and canola), and fish and poultry are good foods to consume during menopause.
· Boost your intake of fruits such as melons, oranges, and lemons. Potassium, found in bananas, helps with women who retain water.
· Good vegetables are dark leafy vegetables like collard greens, spinach, cabbage, broccoli, peppers, and tomatoes.
· Regular fibre intake is also a healthy part of menopause dieting.


Foods that should be eaten sparingly are salt, sugar, caffeine, alcohol, and processed foods

Many women have found that special menopause diets can minimize the symptoms of menopause and make the change of life transition much easier and smoother. Menopause diets are a good alternative to prescribed medication and are good for those who worry about adverse side effects.

The main food experts recommend for menopause diets are fruits and vegetables, basically just eating healthy. A well balanced, nutritious, healthy diet will help reduce symptoms and achieve optimum health in women. The key is to incorporate as many natural foods into your menopause diet as possible.

Most all gynaecologists’ recommend that women who are in their pre-menopause stages adopt a menopause diet and stay on it throughout the transition to reduce stress, reduce symptoms, and to ensure good health.

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