Thursday, March 8, 2012

5 Things to Know About Menopause

Menopause: Are You Going Through it?
During Menopause, a woman's periods will eventually stop and she will no longer be able to get pregnant. Sometimes the periods stop slowly, while other times the period stops quickly. If a woman has not had her period for a year, menopause is considered complete. Menopause is a natural event that usually happens between the ages o 45 to 55. During menopause, the ovaries will no longer produce eggs and they will also produce less progesterone and estrogen. Changes in these hormone levels are the cause of menopause symptoms.

Symptoms of Menopause:
The symptoms of menopause will vary. The symptoms could last for more than five years. Some women may have it worse than others. If a woman has surgical menopause, the symptoms can be more severe. During menopause, the first thing you may notice is how your periods are changing. Some women could have irregular periods for one to three years before they stop, often accompanied with clotting and cramping.

Common symptoms of menopause:
•    Changes in menstrual periods
•    Night sweats
•    Insomnia
•    Hot flashes
•    Weight gain
•    Mood swings
•    Depression or apathy
•    Anxiety or irritability
•    Forgetfulness
•    Heart pounding
•    No interest in sex
•    Urine leakage
•    Headaches
•    Joint aches
•    Vaginal infections
•    Vaginal dryness

If you are having trouble trying to determine if you are going through menopause or not, there are tests available. The tests will show changes in hormone levels (if there are any). Your doctor will run some tests in order to determine if you are close to going through menopause.

Tests that the doctor may do include:

•    FSH
•    LH
•    Estradiol

A decrease in estrogen is going to cause the lining of the vagina to change, so the health care provider will likely do a pelvic examination. After the first couple of years of your last period, bone loss may increase, so the doctor may also schedule a bone density test.

Treatment & Remedies:

Obviously, this can all be a bit daunting and most women want to do something to circumvent all these irritating and often debilitating symptoms. And, the good news is you have options.

There are various types of treatments available for menopause. The treatment you need to select will depend on a variety of things, including your overall health, the symptoms you are having and your preference. If you choose the traditional medical approach, treatment may include hormone therapy or a change in your lifestyle.

Many choose natural treatments for menopause as a more healthful supportive approach, such as Female Menopause by Naturally Botanicals. This is a natural herbal support for all of those annoying menopause symptoms, including hot flashes. Many individuals prefer natural treatment because it is healthy for their body and there are not as many, if any, side effects. Click here to explore your options.

In Health,
Naturally Botanicals Team