Also known as 'the change of life' should be a naturally occurring phase in every woman's life. Expected symptoms include hot flushes, irritability, sleeplessness and headaches. Menopause marks the end of a woman's reproductive ability, if it hasn't already been ended by surgical error or surgical choice.
Menopause occurs when the production of hormones by the ovaries begins to slow down. As this change occurs, the hormone levels in a woman's body will tend to fluctuate, which will most likely have an effect on the woman's emotional life. When hormone production levels fall to a point where menstruation stops altogether, this is the menopause.
Menopause causes a range of different symptoms ranging from hot flushes, night sweats, aches and pains, irritability, tiredness and headaches to forgetfulness, vaginal dryness, increased urinary frequency and emotions.
Menopause tends to affect women between the ages of 45 and 55, with the average age falling around 50 years old. In some instances, medical intervention for other conditions can cause early-onset of menopause, such as radiation treatment for cancer and hysterectomy.
Menopause is a healthy part of life and it cannot be avoided. However, informed management of the symptoms can play an integral part in ensuring that the menopausal symptoms do not impact too many changes into daily living.
Regular exercise, between 30-45 minutes per day, most days of the week, a healthy diet and stress reducing disciplines can help to relieve many of the symptoms of menopause.
Hormone Replacement Therapy is a medical intervention suggested for the easing of the body's management of menopause. It works by artificially replacing the decreasing hormone levels in the body. It is usually reserved for women who are considered by their GP to benefit from its prescription.
Christiane Northrup, M.D., is a visionary pioneer and the world’s leading authority in the field of women’s health and wellness. Her second book, The Wisdom of Menopause (Bantam, 2001), has been embraced by women everywhere, including Oprah Winfrey, who sought Dr. Northrup’s wise words when she turned 50 and faced “The Big M.” In this New York Times bestseller, Dr. Northrup once again challenged convention with inspiring insights—the “change” is not a collection of symptoms to be “fixed,” but a mind/body revolution, which brings tremendous opportunity for happiness. To read more go to http://www.drnorthrup.com/about/