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When does Menopause occur?
Menopause marks the end of the reproductive years of a woman’s life, occurring usually between 45 and 60 years of age, with an average age of 51 years. The transition into menopause, called peri-menopause, commonly lasts for 2-3 years, where common signs of change include irregular menses, skin changes, mood changes, depression, memory loss, insomnia, fatigue, vaginal dryness, changed libido, night sweats and hot flushes, which may be moderate to debilitating in their effects. During peri-menopause ovulation becomes unpredictable, causing fluctuating monthly patterns until menses ceases completely. Menopause is confirmed with the cessation of periods for 12 months.
Why menopause is worse for some women than others
Menopausal symptoms usually occur as the ovaries reduce their production of oestrogen. As ovarian oestrogen declines the adrenal cortex then takes over sex steroid hormone production. Although the production of oestrogen by the adrenal cortex does not support the fertility cyclic process it does assist to maintain the health of other bodily tissues. Menopausal symptoms may be reduced, if sex steroid hormone production by the adrenal cortex is supported. Women who are chronically stressed and/or have experienced significant stress (and therefore have depleted adrenal function), are more likely to experience more dramatic decline in sex hormone synthesis during the menopausal transition and thus have worse symptoms. Stress management and adrenal support during the peri- and post-menopause years is therefore vital.
Natural medicine can effectively allow you gain control of your symptoms
The Wellness Diet, foods rich in plant oestrogens, calcium and vitamin D, quality supplements and / herbs can help to support the following vulnerable areas of health during menopause:
- Adrenal function must be supported as it is the reservoir of oestrogen during menopause and can help to reduce the severity of menopausal symptoms.
- Support of skeletal and cardiovascular systems as lower oestrogen levels may increase the risk of osteoporosis and higher cholesterol levels and changes in blood pressure may occur.
- Extra support for the nervous system may be necessary with symptoms of increased anxiety and insomnia.
- Application of natural not synthetic progesterone cream to the skin may assist in symptom reduction.
- Relaxation techniques and exercise can help diminish symptoms associated with menopause and improve quality of life.
Signs and Symptoms
Common signs and symptoms of menopause include the following:
- Absent menstruation for at least 12 months. (Irregular periods occur throughout peri-menopause)
- Hot flushes of the face, neck, and upper trunk, which may be accompanied by palpitations,dizziness, headaches
- Night sweats, which may contribute to depression and irritability from insomnia
- Cold hands and feet
- Vaginal dryness may lead to painful intercourse and/or post-coital bleeding
- Urinary tract atrophy, resulting in increased frequency, burning, nocturia, incontinence, and infection
- Sleep disturbances and insomnia
- Mood changes such as depression, irritability, tension
- Memory impairment and loss of ability to concentrate
- Skin changes including loss of skin tone/integrity leading to wrinkles
- Weight gain and increased central adiposity
- Breast tissue atrophy
- Increased sensitivity to stimulants such as alcohol and caffeine