Transition of Your Life
There is so much in
in the media about menopause. There are over 40 million
the U.S. who have reached that time of life when
menstruation ends and the ovaries no longer make
estrogen. This is a normal body "change" that
menstrual periods to slow, then stop completely.
is no menstrual period for a year, a woman is said
to be "in
The physical changes
occur during menopause should not slow you down or
from activities you enjoy. Every woman is unique.
cope with and respond to menopause, can determine
is a pleasant or unpleasant experience. If you
your body, learn what options are available to you
prepare you for the rest of your life and live each
the fullest, menopause can be the beginning of one
best periods of your life.
How do you know if
starting this process? The period before menopause
peri-menopause. During peri-menopause some women
symptoms and others realize something is happening
bodies. Some of the symptoms include:
occur unpredictably and vary in length and amount
Hot flashes that
a sudden rush of heat that start at the chest or
spread to the face, and are accompanied by
flushing, blotching or a rapid heart rate.
Night sweats which
a hot flash awakens a woman from a sound sleep and
finds herself drenched in sweat.
cause painful intercourse.
Change in sexual
where there is an increased or decreased interest
sudden urge to urinate.
involuntary leakage of urine when you laugh,
or lift a heavy object.
there is a constant leaking of small amounts of
The women we hear
even more. Such a far wider range of symptoms that
facial hair, itchy scalp, thinning hair, brittle
even a deepening voice. So many symptoms can come
aging process, so how does the loss of estrogen
accelerated age-related symptoms you may ask?
Let's start with
hair. According to the information we have, as women
they often experience significant overall thinning,
as a reduction in hair shaft diameter, particularly
the forehead and crown of the scalp. Before
estrogen blocks or "opposes" the conversion of
into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is the known
non-traumatic hair loss. Once females enter
levels of estrogen decline and more testosterone is
available to be converted to DHT. Some researchers
that before menopause about 13 percent of women
thinning; afterwards, about 37 percent.
Regarding loss of
tone: no one really knows if women's muscle tone
a general result of aging or from hormone
studies simply haven't been done. But in the
1940's, a Los
Angeles gynecologist named Arnold Kegel recognized
estrogen levels decreased during menopause, pelvic
muscle relaxation accelerates, leading to urinary
incontinence, sexual response problems, prolapse and
issues. His regimen of pelvic muscle exercises is
helpful in strengthening the bladder and retaining
vitality. The instructions are outlined for this
on the left column of this page.
Many come to us
natural hair remover and how it will help them with
facial hair. We'll it really does help. But why
happen in the first place? Before menopause,
hormones, mostly testosterone, combine with estrogen
providing the balance for a woman's body. "When a
enters menopause, production of ovarian hormones
says Fall2003 Remedy Magazine. "This means that
levels drop, often more than levels of androgen
such as testosterone. This can cause the appearance
facial hair or a deeper voice."
"Dry Eye." That's
National Eye Institute is calling it. A condition
common in women, especially after menopause. The
symptom of dry eye is usually a scratchy or sandy
as if something is in the eye. To determine the
treatment, it is important to see an ophthalmologist
when ovaries are removed by an operation before
occurring menopause. Menopause can also be caused by
treatment for a serious disease, like breast cancer.
The Kegel Exercise
strengthen the muscles around the urethra, vagina
rectum, helping to improve bladder control. The
involves squeezing and relaxing the muscles around
vagina. Squeeze them tightly for 5 to 10 seconds,
relax. Repeat this 10 times every time you talk on
or any other time when you are waiting for someone
something. Many women make a practice of "doing
time they stop at a traffic light.
MENOPAUSE MYTHS &
Fact: Most women experience no emotional problems;
that occur can be treated.
Myth: Menopause puts an end to sexual desire.
Fact: Vaginal dryness can make intercourse painful,
desire, but this is readily treated with products
such as a
vaginal lubricant for one. Menopause itself can
libido either positively or negatively; some women
have increased libido with menopause.
Myth: What we eat
Fact: Eating foods high in plant estrogens, such as
and lima beans, may alleviate menopause symptoms;
sources include whole grains, other beans, nuts, and
Quoted from the book, "The Alternative Advisor."
Myth: Menopause disrupts a women's life.
Fact: Most women experience few or no menopausal
25 percent have moderate, treatable symptoms. In
where age is respected, women report the fewest
MENSTRUAL MYTHS &
Myth: A bath causes
Fact: Soaking in a warm bath can soothe and relax
thereby reducing pain.
women should restrict their activities;
and even stay in bed and rest.
Fact: Women can carry on normal activities during
period. Exercise may actually help lessen pain by
stimulating muscles to release endorphins.
The above statements came from the book The
Advisor, The Complete Guide to Natural Therapies
Do you have any of the symptoms listed below? The
former Dr. John Lee,
M.D., states in his book, Natural Progesterone: The
Roles of a Remarkable Hormone, that the use of
progesterone can reduce or eliminate the symptoms
with hormonal imbalance, menopause, and
HELPFUL TIPS FROM ALTERNATIVE HEALTH AUTHORS
oils of Clary Sage, Sage, and Geranium can help ease
symptoms of menopause. Put a few drops in the bath,
sprinkle the oil on a handkerchief and inhale. This
quoted from the book, "The Alternative Advisor."
from the following organizations: