There's a literal MOUNTAIN LOAD of menopause facts out there on the internet - mostly repetitious and with factual content however the majority of them all share one disturbing trait:
They set a tone of menopausal gloom and doom! That menopause is somewhat of a nightmare for many woman!
But as you read through the straightforward facts below you’ll see that menopause does in no-way signal an end to your sexual desire, energy and enjoyment of life.
With the large body of scientific research now available we now know that interest and capacity for sex continues well beyond menopause!
Many menopausal women report increased enjoyment of sex at this time due to the absence of concerns regarding unwanted pregnancies and menstrual problems.
The term menopause simply refers to your last menstrual period which is defined by not having had a period in 12 months. Although a technical definition of menopause refers to your last period it is not an abrupt event, but a gradual process.
Premature menopause is when the hormonal changes which occur with menopause take place before age 40. The symptoms are the same as those associated with normal menopause. Premature menopause does however present increased health risks, such as:
Perimenopause is the transitional phase from normal menstrual periods to no periods at all. This is a period of gradual changes that lead into menopause. It affects a woman's hormones, body, and feelings. It can be a stop-start process that may take months or years.
Normal menopause usually occurs around 50 years of age although it is possible to occur earlier or later (40- 65) A significant reduction in the production of estrogen brings about this change to signify the end of ovulation, menstruation and fertility.
While menopause is by far one of the most common health complaints for a woman it is an individual experience. Some women encounter severe symptoms yet others have minor or no problems. The largest majority (approx 65%) experience a variation in symptoms.
Symptoms are primarily the result of the reducing levels of the female hormonesestrogen and progesterone.
The major sexual impact of menopause can include vaginal shrinkage and thinning of the vaginal walls, along with a loss of elasticity and decreased vaginal lubrication during sexual arousal.
Severe symptoms include discomfort from dryness and pain with intercourse, or genital soreness for a few days after sexual activity.
Lifestyle, diet and activity all appear to play a role in the severity and type of symptoms experienced.
Indications of Menopause
The most common symptoms reported by menopausal women are hot flashes (70% - 85%) and vaginal dryness (45%).
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) replenishes hormone levels that have decreased due to menopause. The most common forms of HRT are estrogen only (ERT) and estrogen plus progesterone (HRT).
Linda Page, N.D. Ph.D - "Of the women in menopause today, about half start synthetic hormone replacement, but only half of those stick with it because of the side effects or fear of cancer risk.
The threat of breast and uterine cancer is dramatically increased with HRT"
Long term HRT provides the greatest cancer concerns. Many unanswered questions exist in regard to long term therapy. Current research involving several large studies is looking at the long-term effects of estrogen and the findings are expected to be released between 2005 and 2008.
Menopause Facts - 'The OTHER' Side Effects
These are shockingly SERIOUS SIDE EFFECTS! which absolutely need to be taken into account with great consideration if you are looking at or leaning toward conventional therapies! You must consider the 'potentiality' angle of these deadly side conditions.
The worst include a potentially increased risk of heart attack and stroke, chronic or active liver disease, blood clots and DVT, migraine headaches , gallbladder problems, high blood pressure and endometriosis. These are obviously some of the most serious side effects possible because they are life threatening!
There are several non-estrogen based pharmaceutical treatment options available.
Progesterone can be administered by itself. Alternatively, Megace, an anabolic steroid, can be used for control of hot flashes. Clonidine®, a pharmaceutical drug used to lower blood pressure, has also been found useful for hot flashes. Another blood pressure medication Propranolol® and an antidepressant drug Venlafaxineare also sometimes used to help alleviate hot flashes.
Doctors in the US prescribed 65 million drugs last year to women desperate for help with the symptoms of menopause and PMS!
There have been numerous reports over the years that regular exercise helps reduce the severity of some menopausal symptoms. Low to medium intensity aerobic exercise of between 30 - 45 minutes is most commonly cited.
Several stress reduction techniques are recommended as a means to reduce menopausal symptoms. There is no scientific research to confirm this but a large body of anecdotal evidence has been passed down. Yoga is probably the most popular along with meditation and relaxation techniques. Other forms include biofeedback and mental imagery.
Listed just below are several female hormonal balancing herbs for menopause along with some other key nutrients which clinical testing has identified as the most potent and beneficial for reducing, alleviating or even reversing the symptoms of menopause.
These are the key natural substances to study up on and all are well researched.
Besides those below there are a number of others nutrients which supplement companies like to recommend but they are far less effective and far cheaper therefore I haven't listed them. They're commonly used by manufacturers since there's far more profit in them. The one's listed are expensive for a reason and I recommend you stick to these.
Since not all will work equally for each user the most powerful results come from taking them in combination. This needs to be done by a qualified bio-chemist who understands the synergistic reactions of combining natural substances and how they will react with bodily fluids and which metabolic pathways they will follow in the body.
If you would like further information on these nutrients and on menopause natural remedies please follow this link.
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