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How to Manage Menopause

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The time when a woman stops having menstrual periods is not a disease or illness, but rather a transition between two phases of a woman’s life, marking the end of her reproductive life. Menopause is confirmed when a woman, misses her period for twelve straight months without other obvious causes.

 

Symptoms of menopause:

  • Shorter/Lighter periods (irregular/skipped periods)
  • Hot Flushes-a brief feeling of heat that may make the face and neck flushed, causes temporary red botches to appear on the chest, back and arms. Sweating and chills may follow.
  • Sleep Issues
  • Sex Problems-less estrogen leads to vaginal dryness which may make intercourse uncomfortable or painful.
  • Joint and muscle aches and pains
  • Mood swings
  • Headaches
  • Weight gain
  • Bladder control problems
  • Bone loss
  • Fatigue

There are many other range of symptoms that may show up in some women

Remedies to help ease the symptoms include:

  • Dress lighter
  • Regular exercise
  • Avoid spicy foods and heat
  • Supplements: Calcium, Vitamin E
  • Vaginal Estrogen creams and tablets
  • Hormone Replacement Therapy
  • Antidepressants

 

Overall, lifestyle modifications can help reduce the symptoms usually seen. Let’s stay healthy as we cross this bridge gracefully.

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  1. There are more issues you need to address:
    1. The culture of silence – why isn’t menopause talked about even amongst women? Most women don’t know its happening unil its upon them! Some have been called witches or put on anti depressants simply because no one joined the dots.
    2. Misogyny – How many men suffer impotence yet a huge funds and research and development went into inventing Viagra. Now it can be bought over the counter. ALL women, that is half our population, will go though menopause, yet they are basically told to “get on with it.”
    3. Options – most of the options you listed are not available in conservative societies. Indeed, doctors refuse to prescribe HRT because “it’s a natural process.”If that’s the case why pour money into impotence after all “it’s also a natural process”. Why should women have to put up with menopause when there is medication available to treat it? A man’s sexual health is deemed more important and financially responsible than a woman’s physical, mental and emotional health.
    4. HRT – the different types available. Synthetic, bio identical, body identical, vaginal creams etc. I found his website particularly useful http://www.menopausedoctor.co.uk

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