We are all aging and it is a natural thing. I, mean I too am a woman and it's eventually going to happen to me as well, so I wanted to help all by jotting some essential aspects of this part of our lives. Menopause marks the time in a woman's life when her menstruation actually stops, and she is no longer fertile that is not able to become pregnant. The menopause is a normal part of the life; it is not a disease or even a condition. Even though it is the time of the woman's last period, the symptoms may begin many years earlier. Also, some of the women may experience symptoms for months or years even afterward. In India the average age for the menopause is around 51. Perimenopause is the 3-5-year period before the menopause when a woman's estrogenic levels actually begin to drop.
Women going through the menopause may experience problems with focusing and learning. Menopause is confirmed when a woman actually has not had a menstrual period for 1 year. However, the symptoms and the signs of menopause generally appear well before that period of 1-year period is over. They may include the following:
This is usually one of the first symptoms; and is a part of the menstrual pattern changes. Some women may experience a period for every 2-3 weeks, while others will not have one for the months at a time.
During the premenopausal stage of a woman's life, her estrogen levels will actually drop significantly, lowering her chances of actually becoming pregnant.
This may be accompanied by the itching and/or with the discomfort. It tends to happen during the period of perimenopause. Some of the women may experience dyspareunia (pain during sex). The term "vaginal atrophy" refers to a sort of an inflammation of the vagina as a result of the thinning and the shrinking of the tissues, as well as the decreased lubrication, caused by a lack of the estrogen.
A sudden feeling of the heat in the upper body. It may start in the face, or in the neck, or chest, it then spreads upwards or even downwards (depending on where it started). The skin may often redden and become patchy, and the woman typically starts to actually sweat a lot. The heart rate may suddenly even increase (tachycardia), or it might become quite irregular or stronger than usual (palpitations). Hot flashes can generally occur during the first year after a woman's final period.
If the hot flashes happen in the bed, they are called the night sweats. Most women say their hot flashes do not last for more than a few minutes.
Sleeping problems are generally caused by the night sweats, but not always. Sleep disturbance may be caused by the insomnia or anxiety. Difficulty falling asleep and the staying asleep increase as women go through menopause.
Women tend to be quite more susceptible to urinary tract infections, such as cystitis. Urinary frequency may also increase as well.
Moodiness often goes hand-in-hand with the sleep disturbance. Some of the experts as I read say that most mood changes are quite triggered by poor sleep.
Some women may also have the short-term memory problems, as well as finding it quite hard to concentrate on something for too long.
If left untreated, all of the symptoms mentioned will usually taper off the gradually over a period of 2-5 years. However, symptoms can persist for even a much longer. In some cases, vaginal dryness, the itching, and discomfort can become quite chronic, and eventually get worse if left untreated.
Although they are rare, ovarian failure can occur at any age. Premature menopause may be caused by a number of the factors, including:
Most of the women do not seek the medical advice during the menopause, and many women require no treatment. However, if the symptoms are significantly affecting the woman's daily life, she should actually see a doctor. The type of the therapy depends on the symptoms, medical history, and preferences. Available treatments include the:
The Hormone therapy can be received by a simple patch on the skin that actually releases estrogen and the progestin. Also known as the HT (hormone therapy), HRT is very effective for many of the symptoms that occur during the period of menopause. HRT tops up the woman's levels of the estrogen. However, as with many of the treatments, HRT has its risks and benefits:
The SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) have been shown to actually decrease the menopausal hot flashes. Drugs include the venlafaxine (Effexor), fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem), paroxetine (Paxil, others), citalopram (Celexa), and the sertraline (Zoloft).
Omega-3 may ease the psychological distress and also the depressive symptoms often suffered by the menopausal and premenopausal women.
This medication is effective in the treating hot flashes. It is sometimes used for the treating of the seizures (epilepsy).
This can be taken either orally as a pill or even placed on the skin as a patch. It is effective in treating the hot flashes. The drug is commonly used for treating the high blood pressure (hypertension). However, the unpleasant side-effects are common.
Vaginal estrogen may be actually applied locally using a tablet, the ring, or cream. This medication effectively treats the vaginal dryness, discomfort during the intercourse, as well as some urinary problems.
Exercise during the menopause can have a range of the benefits, including the prevention of the weight gain, reducing cancer risk, the strengthening bones, and also boosting general mood.
After the menopause, it is common for the following chronic (long-term) conditions to actually appear:
Here are some of the homeopathic medines that you could consider having during menopause.
Unless the symptoms are severe, changes in lifestyle and diet might be all that is quite needed to deal with the symptoms:
Remember the following commonly trigger symptoms for the susceptible people:
The Pelvic floor muscle exercises - the Kegel exercises. If individuals practice it three or four times a day, they will most probably notice a difference after a few weeks.
Menopause is eventually going to be a part of each of our lives, so it's always better to be well prepared and well geared so that we can understand our bodies and understand its needs.
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